This week, Dr. Andy Roark and practice management Goddess Stephanie ‘We Are the World’ Goss discuss a topic brought to them by a friend, the looming question of how to get your staff and doctors on board with being vaccinated against COVID-19. Their practice is currently down to one vet tech because of a recent outbreak despite having access to vaccinations and being encouraged to get one. In a world where employers can legally require vaccination, is it as simple as just telling your staff vaccines are required?
-The country, as a whole, is going to be represented in the vet clinic.
-44% of people DO NOT get the flu vaccine when provided to them free by their employer.
-Some people feel very strongly on both sides, there is a large gray area of people who don’t know what they want to do.
-A study very recently came out from Monmouth University saying 1 in 4 Americans plan to refuse the vaccine.
-It’s hard to convince people of the science-based data, for some getting vaccinated is an issue of the heart.
–“Looking at this as a vaccine issue is a mistake, and is a recipe for frustration. In some cases this is about a vaccine, in a lot of cases, this is not about a vaccine.” -Dr. Andy Roark
-What is the history with your team?
-What did they do in response to masks, flu vaccine recommendation/requirement, changes in protocol for COVID? These will be big indicators of how the COVID vaccine conversation will go.
-Look back at what worked and didn’t work with these conversations.
-Bring the stakes down, this is not a battle for the soul of your clinic. 2 years from now, 5 years from now, will this feel as big as it feels right now?
As always, this is where we leave you with a cliffhanger. But no worries dear reader! We have rope, some grappling hooks, even a helicopter on retainer in the form of our podcast, where Stephanie and Andy give out all the goodies. This topic is very politicized which could mean a very difficult conversation ahead for some of you. We wish you the best of luck, “Empathy is simply listening, holding space, withholding judgment, emotionally connecting, and communicating that incredibly healing message of you’re not alone.” – Brené Brown
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