AHA, AMA, ANA release PSA urging Americans to take COVID-19 vaccine

Feb. 5, 2021

The American Hospital Association (AHA), American Medical Association (AMA), and American Nurses Association (ANA) released a public service announcement urging the American public to get the COVID-19 vaccination when it is their turn, announced AMA.

The PSA stresses that COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective and help us all as we work together to defeat COVID-19. This effort continues the work the three associations have done over the past year to increase public acceptance of the essential actions to curb the spread of COVID-19, which also include: wearing a mask, practicing physical distancing and washing hands frequently. The organizations have released several previous PSAs encouraging the public to adhere to these critical public health measures, which will be increasingly important as more communicable COVID-19 variants appear and spread in the U.S.

As national associations representing physicians, nurses, and hospital and health system leaders, the AHA, AMA and ANA remain committed to supporting the rigorous scientific and regulatory process, establishing safe and effective processes for administering vaccines to all who are eligible and choose to get vaccinated, and to making critical information about vaccines available as it is released. Last December, the three organizations released an open letter urging healthcare professionals to take COVID-19 vaccines and to share their experience with others.

“To defeat COVID-19 and get back the moments with friends and family we all miss, we need as many shots in arms as possible. It’s imperative that all Americans consider the health of their loved ones and make the decision to take the COVID-19 vaccine when it is their turn,” said AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack. “Along with our physician and nursing colleagues, we have an important role to play, helping those who have questions get the latest information so they can make a decision understanding the full benefits of being vaccinated.”

“Vaccinations are safe, effective, prevent illness, and save lives,” said AMA President Susan R. Bailey, M.D. “At some point, likely in the next six months, your chance to get the vaccine will come up. When it’s your turn, protect yourself and your loved ones by getting vaccinated, and play a role in this monumental effort that will help us return to normal. Whether enough people get the COVID-19 vaccine decides our future and the future toll of the virus, so be ready to do your part.”

AMA has the release.

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