One-third of primary care physicians have no idea when the study will receive the COVID-19 vaccine: survey

• Nearly a third of first responders “have no idea” when or when their study will receive the coronavirus vaccines. This is based on the results of new research from the Primary Care Collaboration and the Larry A. Green Center. Only 19% said they are currently administering the vaccine.

• First responders ask for help with distribution because about half of the respondents say they refer patients who request the vaccine to a known source. Three out of ten respondents said they contacted their patients to get information about their care.

• The survey also found that doctors are demonstrating an increased reliance on telemedicine after much urgency to purchase equipment and install it in the early months of the pandemic on virtual platforms.

First responders have suffered financially from the COVID-19 crisis, as fears of exposure to the virus prevent people from receiving routine care, such as checkups and controls.

A recent report asking people to avoid treatment in September found a third delay or neglect of treatment during the pandemic.

And public efforts to reduce the spread, such as wearing masks and social distancing, have dramatically reduced flu infections this season – another common reason to see the doctor.

Faxes offer hope of returning to more normal circumstances, but some first responders feel left out in the sales force. Although research shows that personal physicians are the most reliable source of information about faxes.

The new survey found that a third of respondents said they had no contact with their local health department and a quarter said they did not know how to tell patients to call the vaccine.

On the positive side, the vast majority of providers said they had received at least one dose of the vaccine, but some said the staff was reluctant or unwilling to vaccinate.

Other questions have focused on the increasing use of telemedicine during the pandemic.

Uncertainty remains about the future of telemedicine in terms of reimbursement and federal regulations, but as providers continue to use it for patients who do not want to return to traditional healthcare settings, many of them are joining the practice.

The survey found that 60% of doctors said that telemedicine “will now always be part of my practice.”

The survey also sheds light on problems with burnout and staffing in medical offices. Nearly 40% of respondents said they had personal knowledge of the doctors who interrupted, withdrew, or closed their consultations. Others report problems filling vacancies.