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COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy


Throughout the pandemic, hospitalists have continued to be at the forefront of the COVID-19 response, helping to lead frontline work, orchestrating complex and dynamic clinical operational plans, and partnering with clinicians and leaders from many different specialties.1,2 Many patients that hospitalists routinely care for, including the complex medically ill, the elderly, and patients of low-socioeconomic status (SES), have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic. These are patients who are at the greatest risk of dying or experiencing poor health outcomes. Hospitalization represents a crucial, and sometimes only, intersection with the healthcare system for many patients in this country.

Hospitalists are leading discussions at the bedside with their patients about the availability and benefits of COVID-19 vaccines and SHM wants to help.

SHM has partnered with a team of hospitalist faculty to develop resources that equip clinicians with the requisite education, strategies, and resources they need to facilitate discussions with hospitalized patients, increase vaccine acceptance, and reduce vaccine hesitancy within their institutions and communities.


Learning Materials include:

  • Discussion Guide containing guidance on how frontline providers can facilitate patient education at the bedside and discuss the safety, efficacy, and benefits of the COVID-19 vaccine.

  • Recorded Learning Modules addressing the fundamentals of new novel vaccines as well as motivational interviewing techniques to better understand common reasons for vaccine hesitancy.

    • Fundamentals of mRNA Vaccines
    • Motivational Interviewing Techniques

  • Patient Education Resource A resource is intended for hospitalized patients to explain the importance and benefits of obtaining the COVID-19 vaccine before they are discharged from the hospital.

  • Impact Resource: What To Do If…
    A process map outlining how patients can proceed in the event they are exposed to and/or have contracted COVID-19.

  • Impact Resource: FAQs (for 18+yrs)
    A resource addressing frequently asked COVID-19 questions for adults 18+ years of age.

  • Impact Resource: FAQs (for 5-17yrs)
    A resource addressing frequently asked COVID-19 questions for children and teens ages 5 – 17 years of age.

Peer-to-Peer Learning Network

SHM’s Center for Quality Improvement thanks all who participated in the Peer-to-Peer Learning Network, where hospitalists from across the country came together to share resources and learn best practices in the ongoing effort to reduce vaccine hesitancy in our communities. If you were unable to attend, the content is still available by viewing our online modules.


1Katie A Meier, MD, Karen E Jerardi, MD, MEd, Angela M Statile, MD, MEd, Samir S Shah, MD, MSCE, MHM, Pediatric hospital medicine management, staffing, and well-being in the face of COVID-19. Published online first April 14, 2020. DOI: 10.12788/jhm.3435close.
2Garg M, Wray CM. Hospital medicine management in the time of COVID-19: preparing for a sprint and a marathon. J Hosp Med. 2020;15:305–7. doi: 10.12788/jhm.3427.