Help Us to Help You: Prioritizing Primary Care in Vaccine Rollout
With support from agilon health and other prominent organizations across the country representing primary care physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has been calling on federal and state authorities to prioritize primary care physicians and practices in the COVID-19 coronavirus vaccination push. The association has sent letters urging the Department of Health and Human Services and the National Governors Association to take appropriate actions to prioritize community primary care physicians and their practices in vaccination strategies.
These primary care organizations and AAFP members represent tens of thousands of community primary care physicians on the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19. These physicians also provide care to millions of Americans who have ongoing health care needs unrelated to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As states continue to struggle with their vaccine plans for the allocation, distribution, and administration of the COVID-19 vaccines, primary care physicians, the Academy, and its co-signatories urge the authorities to accelerate enhanced collaboration with community-based primary care physicians. On the front line, the community-based physicians will be counseling thousands of patients on the importance of vaccination without a way for a vaccination.