COVID-19: Vaccine Communication Resources for Providers

Statue of liberty showing off a bandaid on the arm. Text reads: Speak with your patients and community about the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines.

Commissioner: 'Please Speak With Your Patients'

In an open letter to providers, NYC Health Commissioner Dr. Dave A. Chokshi focused on the vital role of patient-provider communications in encouraging New Yorkers to get the COVID-19 vaccine:

Please speak with your patients, your loved ones and your community about the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines. Answer their questions, starting with empathy, followed by the facts. Your strong recommendation is a critical factor in whether your patients will be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Upcoming Event

Clinician’s Roundtable: On June 17 from 5 p.m. - 6 p.m., the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene will host a virtual Clinician’s Roundtable to discuss the Use Every Opportunity checklist (PDF) and ways to maximize vaccination opportunities for patients. Speakers from a variety of NYC healthcare and public health settings will discuss implementing activities from the checklist with audience Q & A. Register here.

Key Resources

Remember to tell patients: There is no cost for the vaccine, and it is easier than ever to get an appointment or find a walk-up site. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine does not require proof of citizenship and does not affect a person's immigration status.

More Information on Vaccines

Your recommendation is one of the strongest predictors that a patient will get vaccinated. Below are resources to support conversations among staff and patients.

Vaccine Confidence

Use Every Opportunity to Offer Vaccination

Find an Appointment or Walk-Up Site

Resources for Patients

Note: Translations are available for many of the following resources at the respective websites.

NYC Flyers, Brochures, Posters

See below for additional resources.

General Information

Poster and Palm Card

Older Adults, People with HIV

Youth and Families

How the Vaccines Work

After Vaccination