The Continuing Professional Development (CPD-HP) at Qatar University (QU) organized a workshop in collaboration with the Qatar Council for Healthcare Practitioners (QCHP) on the use of vaccines to protect the community. The workshop aimed to explain the principles of vaccines and immunizations, which save lives and reduce the burden of infectious diseases. Hence, vaccines are the most cost-effective intervention in public health.

The workshop attracted around 80 health care practitioners, scientists, and researchers from various health care institutions across Qatar, including pharmacists, physicians, and nurses.

This workshop on vaccine coverage and community protection will update physicians, nurses, allied health professionals on best practices for vaccine use and maintaining high coverage. The discussion will strengthen perspectives towards the role of vaccines in preventing infectious diseases and protecting the community, particularly as the population grows and in preparation for the influx of visitors due to 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar.

This awareness is essential for fighting misconceptions about vaccines that are being widely spread across many platforms, without scientific evidence. This awareness will also provide insights into educating vaccine hesitancy.

The CPD-HP program of QU Health reflects the commitment of the four QU colleges (College of Medicine, College of Pharmacy, College of Health Sciences and College of Dental Medicine) to the Continuing Professional Development of health professionals in the country. The goal of the program is to support the lifelong learning of all practicing care providers to ensure optimal patient care. The CPD-HP program achieves its mandate, in part, through the provision of educational programs that will improve and expand the competency of health professionals, researchers, physicians, dieticians, nutritionists, scientists, nurses, pharmacists and allied professionals involved in healthcare practice.

Source: Qatar University