I have been thinking a lot about the COVID vaccine in this last week. On Monday, my age band (40+) opened up to be able to schedule an appointment for the 1st dose of the vaccine. By 9am that morning, I had an appointment through the Vermont Department of Health’s website for a month out. Then I gave myself a big pat on the back. I’m set. It is in my calendar.
Not much later in the day I found myself back on the internet, looking to see if I could get an appointment sooner. Each private pharmacy that is distributing vaccines in Vermont has its own way of searching and scheduling an appointment. I can do this. I learn each system and my browser starts to autofill the web addresses for me because I have been to the websites so often at this point. But nothing is available. So I sit back and wait.
Over the week questions start to percolate up in my brain as an appointment becomes available. How far was I willing to travel to get an appointment? Should I be looking outside my area for an appointment? Aren’t those appointments supposed to be for other people? Should my tech savviness and ease with navigating the internet mean that I get an appointment before someone else? Where is the equity in this process?
A couple of interesting things come across my radar during the week. I just started listening to a new-to-me podcast, Interdisciplinary – A Healthcare Podcast from Healwell. Season 1 Episode 10: Making Things Make Sense is an interview with two representatives from the We Got Us project around vaccine rollout and equity. It’s a great episode and definitely worth the 49 minute listen. The piece that jumped out at me and I am driven to share with you is a video that We Got Us reposted on their website. The video, Hello Black America! with W. Kamau Bell & Black Health Care Workers, was made by Greater than Covid and is filled with some of the most amazing straight talk about the COVID vaccine. This video was made specifically for the BIPOC community but it is applicable to all people. And if you want to see the full video from the healthcare workers who were interviewed to make this video, check out Greater Than COVID’s YouTude channel.
Yes, there are a lot of links in that last section. They are there in case you want to do a deeper dive into the topic of COVID & equity in healthcare. But if you do nothing else, I urge you to watch this video and share it with your friends and family.What are your personal thoughts about getting the COVID vaccine? I would love to talk with you more if you have any questions or concerns.
What are your personal thoughts about getting the COVID vaccine? I would love to talk with you more if you have any questions or concerns.