December 29, 2020

Answering questions

Today my favorite geeky comic XKCD said what I have been feeling: what’s the first thing to do after getting your COVID vaccine? Make a bunch of spike proteins. Yeah!

The comic explains pretty well how the vaccine works. If you actually go to the comic and hover you get a pop up that further explains the process, which is ultimately making targeted antibodies to the spike protein of SARS-CoV-2 virus. So cool.

Today I spent my lunch answering questions that our front office staff have about the vaccine. They are the frontline staff who field the questions from patients about the vaccines. I want them to understand and become true advocates. They are skeptical and nervous about the vaccines and not so sure about if they even want one. And that is to be expected with the rapid rollout - people should be wanting to understand more. It was fun to answer their excellent questions, affirm that it’s alright to be nervous about them, and help them understand the process. By the end I think I won them over, plus we had fun.

This emphasized to me how important education about the vaccines is going to be to get people on board. Having someone they know or trust taking the time to explain will work wonders. If we help people understand the process and treat their nervousness about the vaccine with respect, our task becomes much easier.

Wash your hands, cover your nose, keep safe six, and help people understand

And finally, my caveat is that this is my experience and my opinions, which are subject to change as more information is available, and not related to the organization I work for. Thanks for reading.

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