Shades of Gray in vaccination decisions - Understanding Ontario community pharmacists' perspectives of and experiences with seasonal influenza vaccine hesitancy
Canadian Pharmacists Conference ePoster Library. Pullagura G. 06/03/18; 217825; 64
Gokul Raj Pullagura
Gokul Raj Pullagura
Login now to access Regular content available to all registered users.

You may also access this content "anytime, anywhere" with the Free MULTILEARNING App for iOS and Android
Rate & Comment (0)
Objective: Limited research exists around influenza vaccine hesitancy (VH) experience at the community pharmacy. This study aims to understand practicing community pharmacists' (CPs): attitudes towards influenza VH, behaviour with those hesitant to receive the influenza vaccine and experiences with influenza VH at the community pharmacy. Methods: A semi-structured interview guide was developed and used to conduct in-depth telephone interviews with CPs. Twenty-two CPs practicing in Ontario were recruited through purposive sampling. The CPs interviewed were primarily certified to provide injections (91%) and had >20 years of experience (80%). All interviews were audio-recorded and transcribed verbatim. The data was analyzed using a thematic content analysis framework. Results: Using a qualitative interpretive approach, the data was categorized into four primary and thirteen sub themes. Our analysis suggested that pharmacists routinely interact with individuals hesitant to receive the influenza vaccine, yet, their identification and the pursuant interaction was primarily passive in nature, often initiated by the patron. Furthermore, pharmacists perceived vaccination decisions as binary outcomes as opposed to movement across a continuum, thereby limiting engagement with those hesitant to receive the vaccine. Additionally, CPs recognized the importance of being educated on issues surrounding influenza vaccines and addressing related patron concerns, however, barriers such as time, current remuneration and staffing appeared to form significant bottlenecks to optimal patron engagement on vaccinations and related issues. Conclusion: Vaccine hesitancy at the community pharmacy is a complex phenomenon, ensuring optimal pharmacist engagement in this space requires a multipronged approach including, but not limited to modifying pharmacists' attitudes towards VH, equipping pharmacists with tools to help initiate and steer VH conversations and resolving existing pharmacy workflow barriers and issues of perceived low remuneration.
    This eLearning portal is powered by:
    This eLearning portal is powered by MULTIEPORTAL
Anonymous User Privacy Preferences

Strictly Necessary Cookies (Always Active)

MULTILEARNING platforms and tools hereinafter referred as “MLG SOFTWARE” are provided to you as pure educational platforms/services requiring cookies to operate. In the case of the MLG SOFTWARE, cookies are essential for the Platform to function properly for the provision of education. If these cookies are disabled, a large subset of the functionality provided by the Platform will either be unavailable or cease to work as expected. The MLG SOFTWARE do not capture non-essential activities such as menu items and listings you click on or pages viewed.

Performance Cookies

Performance cookies are used to analyse how visitors use a website in order to provide a better user experience.

Save Settings