Good communication and teamwork are behind the success of a March 11 and 12 COVID-19 vaccination blitz at Regina’s Kidney Health Centre, believes program director Diane Kozakewycz.
“We took the extra step to educate and prepare patients directly, which I believe is the reason why we had a 90 per cent uptake of the vaccine amongst those medically eligible to receive it,” she said.
Prior to the clinics, held at the Kidney Health Centre on North Albert Street, the Kidney Health team sent letters to each eligible person 70 years of age and older participating in the Kidney Transplant, Chronic Kidney Disease and Home Dialysis programs. The letters, endorsed by the program’s medical leadership, encouraged patients to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
Following the mail-out, a member of the Kidney Health team phoned eligible patients to answer their questions, screen them prior to the clinic and ensure they understood that if they had further health concerns to follow up with either their family physician or their kidney specialist.
The clinic was a success: 137 patients, four spouses and five immunizers were vaccinated.
The patients who attended were thrilled to get vaccinated as were the staff who delivered the doses, said Kozakewycz. Brad Duke and Catherine Araos, both Kidney Health nurses who became certified to provide immunizations, said the experience was rewarding.
Kidney Health nurses Brad Duke and Catherine Araos helped immunize patients.
“It was an honour to be able to offer hope to our vulnerable population with the vaccine,” noted Araos.
This team effort, supported by medical leadership and many members of the Kidney Health team, made the successful delivery of the vaccine possible.
“Patients have significant trust in their medical providers and I strongly believe that the letters endorsed by the physician leadership were a critical factor in the success,” said Kozakewycz.