Bechara Choucair, MD, discusses nation’s vaccination strategy | COVID-19 Update for Nov. 15, 2021


AMA CXO Todd Unger talks with Bechara Choucair, MD, vaccinations coordinator on the White House COVID-19 Response Team in Washington, D.C., about the nation’s vaccination strategy, including vaccine requirements, pediatric vaccination and boosters.

0:00 AMA COVID-19 Update for November 15, 2021

0:48 What’s it like to be in a role like this with such huge visibility, importance and impact?

2:03 What was the rationale behind last week’s announcement about new vaccine requirements for private sector workers, and what are the specifics?

4:03 What do physicians need to know about the administration’s new emergency regulations for health care workers?

5:56 How do last week’s announcements compare to other vaccine requirements that have previously come from the administration?

6:52 How are you approaching vaccine distribution for the 5 to 11 year old age group and what lessons have you learned from past distribution efforts?

8:36 How have you addressed equity challenges in your pediatric distribution plans?

10:36 Should physicians advise parents of an 11-year-old to wait until the child turns 12 to get vaccinated?

11:34 Should parents be concerned about myocarditis when vaccinating their child?

13:32 How do you expect this latest authorization to affect our overall vaccination efforts—is there a vaccination percentage we need to reach to consider COVID endemic?

15:23 How is the administration addressing hesitant parents, and have you found anything to be particularly effective?

18:05 Do you have any final thoughts on how physicians, organizations like the AMA, and other leaders in the science community can collectively use their voices to put this pandemic behind us?

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