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INDUSTRY INSIGHTS

Vaccine or No Vaccine Etiquette
Elizabeth Goldstone

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ast week, (second week of March) I had the
opportunity to go out into the field and
deliver some items to a few of my clinics.
Up until now, I have called as soon as I get to the
clinic, just like a client, and told them I am outside, and can I hand off my delivery to someone.
This had been great, not ideal, as I miss my clients, but safe and a sound way to proceed, since
we are still in a dicey state of COVID. But it has
worked, and I have maybe been asked in for a
few minutes in maybe 3 or 4 out of the 150 or
so clinics that I have, although I have obviously
not been to all of them. Both my clients and I
know that we have to be masked and it is still a
good idea to be 6 feet apart, etc.
But, in the last couple of months, it has been possible for veterinarians and their staff to be vaccinated, as
front line workers, so they, for the most part feel a little
bit safer, although it really hasn't changed their curbside
protocol. I think, like most people that get vaccinated,
there is a certain sense that they can breathe a little easier, although some of the risk is still there. Just like the
vaccines we give pets and people, it only diminishes the
symptoms of a disease for the most part, and one can still
get COVID at some point, which we really don't know.
There are actually people that had got the vaccine, not
knowing they had COVID at the time. So the fact of the
matter is, vaccinated or not, it is still a wise idea to follow
the current and ongoing guidelines. I, on the other hand,
have not gotten the vaccine yet, as I do not fall into any
of the categories for this phase of the vaccine. I know I
could finagle a spot, as some of my fellow pharma reps
have done on the human side, or those who know people in institutions where they have extra vaccines available. I decided to wait my turn, and get my shot when I
am eligible.
So last week, when going out making deliveries, I
had more than one client greet me and go in for a hug,
which normally, I would love, as I don't think I have had
any real physical contact with anyone outside my circle,
for this entire year. I was faced with the decision, since
they didn't realize I wasn't vaccinated, of what do I do?
Do I recoil and push away, or hope and pray that they are
not currently infected, and since they were vaccinated,
safe? This was the oddest position to be in, and I get that
we all want human contact, but going forward, what will
be the protocol for this type of interaction. I know that
people are so excited to finally feel freer since receiving

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the vaccine, but I hope it doesn't place people in a false
sense of security, as there still is a huge risk. I think we
will all need to get ID cards with our vaccine or infection status, so as not to get into these situations. It is a
sad reality!
I am still appalled at the states that are getting rid of
their mask mandates, and feel sorry for the front line
workers who are going to be bearing the brunt of the
ensuing outbreaks in those states. I just heard that Italy
had to go back into strict quarantine, with new cases at
a high, and they were one of the first countries to really
suffer from COVID. It can happen hear again, and it is
ongoing, especially with the mutations they are seeing.
So, going forward, I think I will be making sure that
my clients know that I have not received my vaccine, so
they will continue to keep a safe distance. It's not that I
don't love them, and want that big bear hug, but I want
to continue to stay safe. I have even experienced this
with friends I haven't seen in a long time, but we have
managed to keep protocol with elbow bumps and such.
As I write this, I still am in complete disbelief that we
even still have to worry about this sort of thing, let alone
I am writing about it. I think we can all agree, this has
been very surreal, and cannot wait to get back to big
hugs and greeting our friends, families and clients with
the affection they deserve!
Elizabeth Goldstone	
Merck Animal Health * 949-379-0201
Elizabeth.goldstone@merck.com

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Chapter Meetings & Calendar
President’s Perspective
SCVMA Profile
Pulsepoints
Practical Pathology
Optimizing Veterinary Practice Staff Increases Efficiency and Retains Clients
Medical Leeway
UC Davis Update
Tools for Success
Angel Fund
Dear Tabby
The RVT
Industry Insights
Quick Reference
Digital Photography for Veterinarians
AVMA Diplomates
Resources
Disease Table
From the SCVMA Office
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