19 Mar RNAO & CHNIG – Building Vaccine Confidence

In June 2020, CHNIG recognized that best practice tools and resources are needed to address vaccine hesitancy in nursing practice and the importance of building vaccine confidence. As a result, RNAO Resolution 5: Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy was tabled at the 2020 RNAO AGM and was accepted. It calls for, “THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) develops a plan to support RNs and NPs to promote the importance of vaccines, vaccination, and addressing vaccine hesitancy amongst health professionals.” The following are some RNAO activities and resources addressing our resolution:

– On Janurary 30th, 2021, Doris’s COVID-19 Blog discussed, “The PrOTCTplan for nurses: A guide to counseling vaccine hesitant patients & colleagues.”

Registered Nurse Journal (RNJ) Winter 2021 Issue featured Dr. Cora Constantinescu, Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist at Alberta Health Services, which specifically addresses, “How can nurses become champions for the vaccine and feel empowered to communicate about it with patients, colleagues, family and friends?”

– On February 8th, 2021, RNAO COVID-19 webinar series addressed this topic with keynote speaker, Dr. Cora Constantinescu.

– The Centre for Effective Practice (CEP) with the collaborative partnerships of RNAO and many other organizations developed a COVID-19 vaccine tool.

In addition, RNAO and CHNIG answered member inquiries and discussed this topic during exchanges with nurses from across Ontario. By providing feedback and pointing members and the public in the direction of accurate information and resources, we hope to help build vaccine confidence and contribute to positive effects for individuals and communities.