ACP: Busting COVID-19 vaccination myths

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These and many other common myths and misconceptions about COVID-19 vaccines have contributed to plodding vaccination rates in the U.S., said Shikha Jain, MD, FACP, a medical oncologist at UI Health in Chicago. Seventy percent of U.S. adults had received their first dose by early August, a goal President Joe Biden had wanted to meet by July 4.

“I have patients who I will ask why they don’t want to get [a vaccine], and they will literally quote this misinformation and disinformation that they’ve found online or heard in their communities,” she said.

Messaging that discourages vaccine uptake has proven deadly during a pandemic that has taken the lives of more than 720,000 Americans, said Dr. Jain, who is an assistant professor of medicine and the director of communication strategies in medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago.”

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About Shikha Jain, MD FACP

I am a practicing, board-certified hematology/oncology physician in Chicago. I speak on topics ranging from the impact of social media on healthcare, how physicians can utilize social media, how to write Op-eds in the medical world, gender equity and barriers to career advancement, and topics in GI oncology and immunotherapy. My goal is to explain complicated topics in simple terms. I also enjoy writing and you can find some of my writing on this site. I am a mother to three amazing kids and married to a gastroenterologist. I look forward to connecting with you.

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