The way the Texas Legislature conducts business during the 2021 session may look different due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But the Texas Medical Association’s commitment to improving health care remains the same. Some of those goals are up against deep cuts to state agency budgets. At the same time, however, the pandemic has created opportunities for medicine to bend lawmakers’ ear on some of its longstanding goals, including advancing access to care, vaccines, health coverage, and telemedicine.
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Texas physicians who give shots regularly are used to dealing with vaccine hesitancy – patients reluctant to get a flu vaccine for themselves or a whooping cough shot for their kids. That reluctance has contributed to a steady decline in the state’s vaccination rates among young people in the past two decades. Comparatively, however, the hesitancy surrounding COVID-19 vaccines is off the charts. But physicians have proven ways to respond to patients’ reluctance on vaccines.
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