Health care associations produce pro-COVID vaccine PSA

The public service announcement urges Americans to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Americans are being urged to get vaccinated against COVID-19 in a new public service announcement (PSA) from the American Medical Association (AMA), American Hospital Association (AHA), and the American Nurses Association (ANA).

According to a news release, the PSA stresses that the currently available COVID-19 coronavirus vaccines are safe, effective, and will help to end the pandemic.It is part of the associations’ continued efforts to increase public acceptance of important prevention measures such as wearing a mask, physical distancing, and frequent hand washing.

“Vaccinations are safe, effective, prevent illness, and save lives,” AMA President Susan R. Bailey, MD, says in the release. “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.”

The associations remain committed to supporting the scientific and regulatory process, creating an effective process for vaccinating all who are eligible and want to be vaccinated, and making critical information on vaccination available, according to the release.

“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,” AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack says in the release. “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. 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.”

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