Have a conversation with your patients about COVID-19 vaccination

As surgeons, having difficult conversations with our patients is part of the job. Now we need your help in starting a new conversation: speaking with your patients about being vaccinated against COVID-19.

The American College of Surgeons has considered some frequently asked questions you may be getting from your patients. We realize that due to local issues, giving a uniform answer to these questions is not entirely possible. However, we hope you use this document as a guide and verify the information on a state and local level as well as with your hospital as you prepare to Talk It Up! with your patients.

#TalkItUp | It’s very important.

The American College of Surgeons has developed the following resources to help prepare you to Talk It Up! with your patients.

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LOUISIANA RESOURCES

[mkd_button size=”huge-full-width” type=”solid” hover_type=”solid” target=”_blank” icon_pack=”” font_weight=”500″ text=”Louisiana Department of Health” link=”http://ldh.la.gov/Coronavirus/” margin=”5px 5px 5px 5px” color=”#ffffff” hover_color=”#ffffff” background_color=”#79c7cb” hover_background_color=”#0c49b2″ border_color=”#79c7cb” hover_border_color=”#0c49b2″ font_size=”14″][mkd_button size=”huge-full-width” type=”outline” hover_type=”solid” target=”_blank” icon_pack=”” font_weight=”500″ text=”The Louisiana DHH Issues Revised Order for Medical and Surgical Procedures (4/20)” link=”https://gov.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/newsroom/detail/2468″ margin=”5px 5px 5px 5px” color=”#023f84″ hover_color=”#ffffff” hover_background_color=”#023f84″ border_color=”#023f84″ hover_border_color=”#023f84″ font_size=”14″][mkd_button size=”huge-full-width” type=”outline” hover_type=”solid” target=”_blank” icon_pack=”” font_weight=”500″ text=”Louisiana Governor Office” link=”https://gov.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/page/89″ margin=”5px 5px 5px 5px” color=”#023f84″ hover_color=”#ffffff” hover_background_color=”#023f84″ border_color=”#023f84″ hover_border_color=”#023f84″ font_size=”14″]

ACS RESOURCES

[mkd_button size=”huge-full-width” type=”outline” hover_type=”solid” target=”_blank” icon_pack=”” font_weight=”500″ text=”COVID-19 and Surgery Resources for the Surgical Community” link=”https://www.facs.org/covid-19″ margin=”5px 5px 5px 5px” color=”#023f84″ hover_color=”#ffffff” hover_background_color=”#023f84″ border_color=”#023f84″ hover_border_color=”#023f84″ font_size=”14″][mkd_button size=”huge-full-width” type=”outline” hover_type=”solid” target=”_blank” icon_pack=”” font_weight=”500″ text=”Be Prepared: Patient-Surgeon Discussion Guide” link=”https://www.facs.org/-/media/files/covid19/covid19_surgeon_patient_discussion_guide.ashx” margin=”5px 5px 5px 5px” color=”#023f84″ hover_color=”#ffffff” hover_background_color=”#023f84″ border_color=”#023f84″ hover_border_color=”#023f84″ font_size=”14″][mkd_button size=”huge-full-width” type=”outline” hover_type=”solid” target=”_blank” icon_pack=”” font_weight=”500″ text=”ACS Post-COVID-19 Readiness Checklist for Resuming Surgery” link=”https://www.facs.org/covid-19/checklist” margin=”5px 5px 5px 5px” color=”#023f84″ hover_color=”#ffffff” hover_background_color=”#023f84″ border_color=”#023f84″ hover_border_color=”#023f84″ font_size=”14″][mkd_button size=”huge-full-width” type=”outline” hover_type=”solid” target=”_blank” icon_pack=”” font_weight=”500″ text=”Printer Friendly version of Readiness Checklist” link=”https://www.facs.org/-/media/files/covid19/post_covid_19_readiness_checklist.ashx” margin=”5px 5px 5px 5px” color=”#023f84″ hover_color=”#ffffff” hover_background_color=”#023f84″ border_color=”#023f84″ hover_border_color=”#023f84″ font_size=”14″][mkd_button size=”huge-full-width” type=”outline” hover_type=”solid” target=”_blank” icon_pack=”” font_weight=”500″ text=”ACS COVID-19 Newsletter” link=”https://www.facs.org/covid-19/newsletter” margin=”5px 5px 5px 5px” color=”#023f84″ hover_color=”#ffffff” hover_background_color=”#023f84″ border_color=”#023f84″ hover_border_color=”#023f84″ font_size=”14″]

NATIONAL RESOURCES

[mkd_button size=”huge-full-width” type=”solid” hover_type=”solid” target=”_blank” icon_pack=”” font_weight=”500″ text=”Center for Disease Control & Prevention” link=”https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html” margin=”5px 5px 5px 5px” color=”#ffffff” hover_color=”#ffffff” background_color=”#79c7cb” hover_background_color=”#0c49b2″ border_color=”#79c7cb” hover_border_color=”#0c49b2″ font_size=”14″][mkd_button size=”huge-full-width” type=”outline” hover_type=”solid” target=”_blank” icon_pack=”” font_weight=”500″ text=”American Cancer Society: COVID-19 & Cancer Resources” link=”https://secureservercdn.net/192.169.221.188/gxd.05f.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/COVID-19-And-Cancer-Resources-Infographic.pdf” margin=”5px 5px 5px 5px” color=”#023f84″ hover_color=”#ffffff” hover_background_color=”#023f84″ border_color=”#023f84″ hover_border_color=”#023f84″ font_size=”14″][mkd_button size=”huge-full-width” type=”outline” hover_type=”solid” target=”_blank” icon_pack=”” font_weight=”500″ text=”World Health Organization” link=”https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019″ margin=”5px 5px 5px 5px” color=”#023f84″ hover_color=”#ffffff” hover_background_color=”#023f84″ border_color=”#023f84″ hover_border_color=”#023f84″ font_size=”14″][mkd_button size=”huge-full-width” type=”outline” hover_type=”solid” target=”_blank” icon_pack=”” font_weight=”500″ text=”Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Newsroom” link=”https://www.cms.gov/newsroom” margin=”5px 5px 5px 5px” color=”#023f84″ hover_color=”#ffffff” hover_background_color=”#023f84″ border_color=”#023f84″ hover_border_color=”#023f84″ font_size=”14″][mkd_button size=”huge-full-width” type=”outline” hover_type=”solid” target=”_blank” icon_pack=”” font_weight=”500″ text=”U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories” link=”https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html/” margin=”5px 5px 5px 5px” color=”#023f84″ hover_color=”#ffffff” hover_background_color=”#023f84″ border_color=”#023f84″ hover_border_color=”#023f84″ font_size=”14″][mkd_button size=”huge-full-width” type=”outline” hover_type=”solid” target=”_blank” icon_pack=”” font_weight=”500″ text=”Occupational Health Act: Guidance for Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 (PDF)” link=”https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3990.pdf” margin=”5px 5px 5px 5px” color=”#023f84″ hover_color=”#ffffff” hover_background_color=”#023f84″ border_color=”#023f84″ hover_border_color=”#023f84″ font_size=”14″]
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