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QU-Health organises discussion on Covid-19 Vaccination | Qatar University

QU-Health organises discussion on Covid-19 Vaccination

لقطة من نشاط IPE للقاح Covid19

The QU-Health Interprofessional Education Committee (IPEC) in Qatar University, which consist of representatives of all the different healthcare schools in Qatar, has organized recently its fourth Interprofessional activity (IPE) for Spring 2021 as a Case Based discussion on Covid-19 Vaccination virtually using Microsoft teams.

Seventy-four students and nine facilitators attended this event. Professions involved in this activity were Pharmacy, Biomedical Sciences, and Public health.

The activity's main objective was to discuss the topic Covid-19 Vaccine and vaccine hesitancy. It was essential to recognize the roles of the various team members and their scope of practice in addressing the controversial issues of vaccine perceptions and misconceptions. Moreover, to identify ways to enhance the communication in multidisciplinary teamwork and involve all team members in the decision-making process. Another important objective was to describe evidence-based vaccine cost-effectiveness and burden of disease (vaccine-preventable infections) and outline current licensed Covid-19 vaccines in Qatar and immunization schedule.

The session started with an introductory video by the lead facilitator, QU College of Medicine Associate Professor of Microbiology Dr. Susu Zughaier, followed by Icebreakers, where the team members introduced themselves. Then introduced a case discussion about a 67 years old woman who declined to receive the Covid-19 vaccine influenced by social media rumors. Students discussed the importance of vaccines from different healthcare perspectives. They also addressed vaccine hesitancy, its causes, and how to overcome it. Finally, students reflected on what they learned about the role of other health professionals while working together on this case.

Dr Susu Zughaier commented: “Learning about vaccines as an 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.”

Fourth Year Biomedical student from College of Health Sciences Nabila Zahir added: “I always wanted to participate in IPE and interact with different health students, view and learn about a particular topic from different aspects. I am grateful for the given opportunity to participate in this activity as a biomedical student. Undeniably, it would be more fun to interchange our knowledge face to face. Although this time, it was virtual, IPE experience was one of a kind, valuable and Informative. Everyone could discuss freely about Covid-19 Vaccine, the challenges that healthcare professionals face, and how to overcome those challenges in a proper way. As healthcare students, we have to raise awareness and guide people. Therefore, we should prepare ourselves and gain the right knowledge in the first place. IPE has always been one of the successful platforms in completing this mission”.