96% of physicians are vaccinated, Dr. Threlkeld says protecting themselves is protecting their patients

Published: Oct. 27, 2021 at 1:19 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 27, 2021 at 3:00 PM CDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Infectious disease expert Dr. Steve Threlkeld said in a COVID-19 Q&A Wednesday that the majority of the group of people who know the most about COVID-19 are practicing what they preach by being vaccinated.

Dr. Threlkeld said that beyond the politicizing issues around the virus, 96% of physicians being vaccinated should say something. He says that this statistic should combat most misinformation about the vaccine and people who argue against it.

Dr. Threlkeld said that an emotional issue for him is heath care workers who say their natural immunity from having COVID-19 protects them and they don’t need the vaccine. He says the vaccine can double your immunity and therefore decrease your chances catching the virus and then spreading it to patients they might see that are at risk, by either being immunocompromised or unvaccinated.

“If you cut down the number of infections by two to three fold then you cut down those infections you could pass on to someone else. And I think, frankly, in health care workers that is an extraordinarily important thing. You’re around people you could harm with that, and, again, my personal opinion all my own is that if that doesn’t make you loose sleep at night, then you should think about another line of work,” Dr. Threlkeld said.

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