• Video Campaign Encourages Healthcare Workers to Get Vaccinated

    A COVID-19 vaccine education campaign, backed by AANA and other leading health organizations, has released a series of videos featuring Dr. Anthony Fauci along with nurses and physicians encouraging healthcare workers to learn about the COVID-19 vaccination and be vaccinated themselves.

    The videos are part of a $50 million COVID-19 vaccine education effort coordinated by the Ad Council, which says it is one the largest public-education efforts in its history.

    Nurses and other healthcare workers can use the videos to educate themselves, colleagues, and patients about the safety and benefits of getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

    “I’m urging healthcare professionals to please get vaccinated,” said Dr. Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. “It’s critical to protect yourselves and your family—but it’s equally important as healthcare providers to show confidence in the vaccines so that other people will follow suit and get vaccinated.”

    Dr. Fauci delivers a similar message at the start of each video, followed by frontline nurses and physicians who tell why they believe getting vaccinated is crucial. The videos also feature health experts who explain how the vaccines were developed and distributed, while answering questions about their safety and efficacy.

    Campaign aligns with AANA position

    “Prior to the FDA’s emergency approval of the COVID-19 vaccine, the AANA has urged CRNAs to learn about the COVID-19 vaccine,” said Brett Morgan, DNP, CRNA, AANA Senior Director, Education and Practice. “Equally important, we advocate that CRNAs and SRNAs who choose to receive the vaccine should be offered early access to vaccination. This campaign further strengthens our commitment to providing the highest quality support for our members as they continue to work on the front lines of the pandemic.”

    Morgan adds that the campaign aligns with the AANA position statement issued in December, recommending that CRNAs and SRNAs educate themselves to make an informed decision about receiving the vaccine and ensure that their healthcare administrators are aware of the important role CRNAs have in patient care. Throughout the pandemic, the AANA has monitored developments and continues to provide updated resources for members.

    Videos are available on the AANA’s YouTube channel, making them easily shareable with colleagues and patients. There are separate videos specifically for nurses, healthcare workers, and patients. CRNAs and SRNAs are also encouraged to view and share videos from the AANA’s Step Forward Campaign to highlight the nurse anesthesia profession’s response to the pandemic.

    The series was developed in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and top health and medical institutions.