The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) last week launched a nationwide education and awareness campaign to encourage veterinary teams, their clients and the general public to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
The effort was encouraged by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as the agency recognized the key role veterinarians play in society and public health. “Veterinary medicine has a clear public health mission,” Dr. Arce, AVMA President, noted. “In fact, when we take our Oath, we specifically commit to the ‘promotion of public health.’ Encouraging preventive health care, including vaccination, is part of that commitment. Especially with flu season underway and the approach of winter, we strongly encourage vaccination to protect overall public well-being.”
It’s estimated that approximately 90% of AVMA members are already vaccinated, which demonstrates the value that veterinarians place on preventive care and their confidence in the safety and efficacy of the vaccines.
The campaign, scheduled to run through late December, includes a wide range of printed and digital materials available for AVMA members, such as a social media toolkit, brochures and posters for veterinary lobbies and offices, that encourage staff, animal owners and the public to get the COVID-19 vaccine. These resources can be accessed at www.avma.org/VaccinationTools.
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Posted December 3, 2021