Emergency departments see more than 150 million patients per year, some of whom have limited access to primary care. Others may not have found the opportunity to get vaccinated or are hesitant.
While emergency departments provide emergent care and traditionally do not address general public health needs, there is some precedence for EDs giving vaccines (ie., tetanus) and engaging in public health initiatives (ie, offering HIV screening).
As emergency physicians, you can help increase the number of people who are vaccinated. ACEP encourages you to consider working with your institution to provide vaccines to appropriate patients who will be discharged from the emergency department.
Resources to Develop a Program
Webinar: COVID-19 Vaccinations in the Emergency Department - watch on demand
Vaccine Hesitancy Resources