Nurses continue to lead in COVID-19 vaccination efforts

Dec. 22, 2020

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) released a statement strongly recommending that nurses be vaccinated against COVID-19.

In the statement, the organization addresses the nuanced sense of pride and anxiety felt by nurses and other healthcare professionals who have been given top priority to receive the first COVID-19 vaccines.

“Nurses who choose to be vaccinated serve as role models and trusted patient educators,” the statement says. “Nurses’ decisions to be vaccinated against COVID-19 can help to shorten the duration of the pandemic. Ultimately, widespread effective vaccination will reduce the burden of this disease on acute and critical care units. If a vaccine allows more nurses to stay healthy, then there will be more support for patient care and clinical colleagues.”

AACN recognizes the variety of factors nurses must consider before being vaccinated and affirms that the decision is ultimately up to each individual. In addition, the AACN joins with other nursing organizations in stating there should be no retaliation against nurses who choose not to take a COVID-19 vaccine.

Throughout the pandemic, the AACN has provided clinical resources, educational materials, insights and innovations to support nurses caring for patients with COVID-19. The organization will continue to share information from reliable sources as knowledge about COVID-19 and related vaccines evolves. The statement includes a list of recommended resources from the AACN and other organizations.

AACN has the release.

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