Approximately 82% of physician assistants (PAs) and nurse practitioners (NPs) have received at least 1 dose of a COVID-19 vaccine as of January 20, 2021, according to a Clinical Advisor survey that includes data from 1747 clinicians.
Among PAs and NPs who have been vaccinated (n=1426), 31% have completed the 2-dose regimen required to achieve immunity from the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines. The survey was conducted from January 12 to January 20, 2021; at the time of their response, 980 clinicians (69%) who had received 1 dose of a vaccine were waiting to receive their second dose.
Out of 321 clinicians who had not received a vaccine at the time they responded to the survey, 236 (74%) indicated that they eventually plan to become vaccinated, while 51 (16%) clinicians stated that they do not plan to receive a vaccine. The remaining 34 (11%) clinicians responded “other” and listed varying reasons for not receiving a vaccine as of January 20, including recent SARS-CoV-2 infection, a desire to wait and see how others respond to the vaccine first, allergy concerns, or a desire to delay vaccination until vaccines that are not mRNA-based are available.
Respondents were divided in their thoughts on the speed of the vaccine rollout. Some called the speed at which vaccines are being administered “deplorable” and “disappointingly slow,” while others expressed gratitude for the “amazingly rapid” rollout moving at “record speed.”
PAs and NPs indicated that the speed of the rollout is largely dependent on location, and that civilians generally seemed to have a harder time making an appointment than healthcare workers. One clinician stated that the vaccine rollout was “great for healthcare providers, but I have lots of elderly patients calling to see about getting their (vaccine) and that seems to have been a little slower,” and another clinician said the rollout was “good for me, not so good for most. The day that the 65-75 age group cleared to go the system crashed.”
The majority of respondents expressed support for receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, stating that vaccination is key for a postpandemic “return to normal.”
“As a nurse, these vaccines are important to take so that we may go back living life as we know it. I realize many people including my colleagues do not trust the vaccines, but we have to set the example for everyone. My personal experience with the vaccine was positive; I made an appointment, drove to the site, and received the injection on my left arm – it did not hurt. My only side effects were a headache for about an hour and soreness at the injection site. Looking forward to getting my second dose,” one respondent said.