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Case Based discussion on Covid-19 Vaccination | Qatar University

Case Based discussion on Covid-19 Vaccination

2022-06-21
Case Based discussion on Covid-19 Vaccination

Organized by QU Health Interprofessional Education Committee

The QU Health Interprofessional Education Committee (IPEC) in Qatar University, which consists of representatives of all the different healthcare schools in Qatar, has organized its sixth IPE activity virtually by Microsoft teams during the spring semester 2022. 162 students and 18 facilitators attended the event. Students from different healthcare programs at Qatar University participated in this activity and their professions were Pharmacy, Public Health, Biomedical Science, Medicine, and Nursing.

This interprofessional education activity aimed to discuss the topic COVID19 Vaccine and vaccine hesitancy. In addition, it explained the principle of vaccines and herd immunity with describing evidence-based vaccine cost-effectiveness and burden of disease (vaccine-preventable infections). The activity outlined current licensed COVID-19 vaccines in Qatar and immunization schedule and addressed vaccine hesitancy and vaccine safety. Also, it discussed controversial issues of vaccine perceptions (misconceptions).

The session started with an introductory video by Dr. Susu Zughaier (Lead Facilitator, Associate Professor of Microbiology, College of Medicine, QU), followed by Icebreakers where the team members introduced themselves. Then a case discussion was introduced about a 67 years old woman who declined to receive the Covid19 vaccine influenced by social media rumors. Students discussed the importance of vaccine from different healthcare professional’s perspectives. They also addressed vaccine hesitancy, its causes and how to overcome it. Finally, students reflected what they learned about the role of other health professionals while working together on this case.

Dr. Susu Zughaier said ““Learning about vaccines as effective tool to prevent infectious diseases in the middle of COVID19 pandemic and vaccine hesitancy is of great timing, especially with the misinformation about vaccine safety circulating in social media that increase vaccine hesitancy”

Ruaa Ismail, Fourth Year Biomedical Student QU commented “As expected, being a part of the IPE was an enlightening experience as it widened my perceptions about variety of topics. As, a biomedical student, it is solely possible to visualize healthcare from a sole perspective. Yet, during the IPE, it was possible to understand things from another healthcare provider perspective. This time, as the topic of COVID-19 vaccinations was addressed, it opened my mind to the reasons of vaccinations refusal, which enabled me to address the topic with anti-vaccinators and overcome such an issue. Overall, I believe that the IPE is a great method to share informative knowledge, raise awareness, and overcome challenges in a clever way. The IPE is considered a prominent way for healthcare providers and students to anticipate changes and challenges in a comprehensive way”