Andy Patstone, President of Western Maine Health, leaned on Dr. Carolyn Plourde’s expertise as an experienced physician and educator to engage in critical COVID-19 vaccine myth busting among vaccine-hesitant healthcare workers concerned about pregnancy, fertility, and breastfeeding.

Dr. Plourde, a Western Maine Health OBGYN employs a simple yet impactful 10-item true/false quiz and in-person learning sessions with vaccine-hesitant healthcare workers to bust myths about the COVID-19 vaccine.

Give a quiz to a nurse or doctor – s/he just settles right down and thinks ‘I’m going to dominate this quiz.’ So that’s a good way to pull people in to test their base of knowledge.”—Carolyn Plourde, MD, FACOG

Dr. Plourde uses the learning sessions to lead healthcare workers in a dialogue as they walk through each question on the quiz, engaging healthcare workers in testing their knowledge on COVID-19 vaccine truths and myths. In the end, attendees report having a great time, enjoy learning more about the COVID-19 vaccine, and appreciate having their questions answered from a physician they trust!

“Every time someone’s vaccinated, that might be five less people who get sick in our community. So I really feel that this is making a difference.”

A copy of the blank quiz can we be found here. To learn more about Dr. Plourde’s work or to request answers to the quiz contact Karen Gurney.

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Carolyn Plourde, MD, FACOG, WesternMaine Health

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To learn more about COVID-19, the COVID-19 vaccine, and women’s health check out these resources:

ACOG COVID-19 Vaccination Consideration for Obstetric-Gynecologic Care: https://www.acog.org/clinical/clinical-guidance/practice-advisory/articles/2020/12/covid-19-vaccination-considerations-for-obstetric-gynecologic-care