Physicians can also consider and voice their own differences in background. For example, a white male rheumatologist may verbally acknowledge his own privilege and say that, because of his life experiences, he may have different worries and perceptions than his patient. “That can mean a lot to your patient and really make people feel seen,” said Dr. Manning. From there, providers can let their patients know they are available to provide support and answer their questions about the vaccine.
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