Covid-19 Vaccine and Ethical Considerations
The routine checkup health assessment should focus on health history and physical examination. For instance, it is essential to assess the blood pressure and temperature of the patient. Since the patient has not received a Covid-19 vaccine, a temperature check would be essential since it is one of the indicators of sick patients (Watson et al., 2020). It is vital to assess the patient’s health in terms of their body mass index by checking the weight and height of the patient.
The checkup can be elaborate depending on the patient’s health history and if there is a history of illness or hereditary conditions. Teenagers can be at risk of diverse health issues such as diabetes, obesity, cancer, and other illnesses, including Covid-19. Recommending a Covid-19 test is effective without compelling the patient to take a vaccine. The health assessment should check the patient’s mental status by looking out for signs such as sleeping patterns, appetite, and mood changes. Teenagers are at higher risk of mental health issues due to exposure to abuse, history of trauma, and street violence or bullying (Bertelli et al., 2022).
Routine health assessment requires the informed consent of a patient. Since the patient is above 18 years, they can give informed consent. Another ethical consideration is cultural competence which recommends the delivery of care without discrimination based on age, religious or political beliefs, or gender (McDermott-Levy et al., 2018). Health assessment of the patient should consider the privacy and confidentiality of the data. Privacy of the information will be paramount for the patient in sharing essential details about their health. For instance, some teenagers may be afraid of sharing their history of drug abuse due to fear of leaking the information to parents.
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