SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine Course

Donald Voltz, M.D.

Activity Overview:
The virus responsible for the COVID-19 Pandemic, SARS-CoV-2, continues to be a problem around the world. Infectious diseases have been a problem throughout the ages, and this new virus is no different. The recent approval and release of a vaccine have raised both enthusiasm that we will be able to return to a somewhat normal state as well as concerns about the effectiveness, safety, and unknown risks this vaccine might cause. In times of uncertainty, fear is produced and often spread as quickly as the pandemic itself. In a short period of time, we have been able to learn a great deal, with much more still unknown. This course has been developed to provide the information currently available, to debunk and provide context to the misinformation that is circulating about the vaccine and provide a framework on how to think about the vaccine, the disease, and the health of you and your family so as to allow for an educated decision about accepting or declining the vaccine. By the conclusion of this course, you will understand the current state of the vaccine program, how it works, how it came so far in such a short period of time, and how to think about your risks of the disease and the risks of the vaccine. The primary focus of this course is to empower patients to become more educated in their choices pertaining to the SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Learning Objectives:
After completing this activity, the learner will be able to:
Identify the types of vaccines that have been used as interventions in infectious diseases.
Describe the differences with the SARS-CoV-2 vaccines as compared to other vaccines currently available.
Describe how the SARS-CoV-2 vaccine works.
Present why a person cannot get COVID-19 from the vaccine and other known and unknown risks of the vaccine.
Counter myths and misinformation surrounding the SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Activity release date:  05/12/2021
Expiration Date: 05/12/2024
Estimated Time to Complete: 1.0 Hour

Target Audience:
This activity is intended for all medical professionals in dealing with patient care and returning to work during COVID-19.

Relevant Financial Disclosures:
The following faculty, planners, and reviewers have no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose.
Donald Voltz, MD (Faculty)
Kimberly Archuleta (Medical Academy Planner)
Brian McAlary, MD (Planner, Reviewer)
Priya Wolff (Planner, Reviewer)

Contact Information:
For questions regarding the content or access to this activity, contact Kimberly Archuleta/

Instructions for Participation:
Participants must complete the activity online during the valid credit period that is noted above.
Follow these steps:
1. Read the target audience, learning objectives, and faculty/planner/reviewer financial disclosures provided above.
2. View the video and other required educational content provided on this course page, including a self-reflective quiz for promoting retention of knowledge.
3. After completion of the viewing of the video and other materials, you will be provided access to the Activity Evaluation. We request you complete the Activity Evaluation to provide the necessary feedback for continuing accreditation purposes and for the development of future activities.
4. Additional optional articles on this topic are included for your review. ***NOTE Please fill out the Post Activity Evaluation after the last lesson is required to receive 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

Total Credits Earned For All Courses: 0

Total Credits Earned For This Course: 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Medical Academy and Ala Carte CME. Medical Academy is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.