Doctor says convincing skeptical patients that COVID-19 vaccines are safe will be challenging
Things are about to get much harder for primary care physicians such as Dr. Lori Solomon when it comes to the COVID-19 vaccine.
Solomon says she believes in the COVID-19 vaccines and knows for sure they will save lives, but her challenge is convincing skeptical patients at the New York Medical College's Family Health Center that the fastest vaccines produced in history are safe for them and their loved ones.
"There's always a population that needs some convincing," she says. "This is going to take a little more convincing than the influenza vaccine - but I think people will listen."
Dr. Solomon says her biggest piece of advice to her patients is get the vaccine. She says even after the vaccinations, people should still be wearing masks and taking precautions because she insists that the vaccine doesn't offer full immunity.
And to other doctors, she cautions them to listen to their patients and let them lead the conversation.
She believes the combination of these one-on-one conversations combined with the vaccine is what will ultimately end this pandemic sooner rather than later.