Fast-tracked vaccinations for the vulnerable: Communicating with patients

Issue: BCMJ, vol. 63 , No. 4 , May 2021 , Pages 183 News COVID-19

Doctors of BC has prepared a series of scripts and articles for doctors to raise awareness among their patients on how to determine if they are eligible for early vaccines designated for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable, and, if they are, how to register for their vaccinations. The information is available on the Doctors of BC website at www.doctorsofbc.ca/news/bc-physicians-how-communicate-patients-about-fast-tracking-vaccinations-vulnerable (login required).

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