Vaccine Hesitancy

How to help someone you love who is experiencing vaccine hesitancy.

Many people are concerned about the COVID-19 vaccines believing the vaccines to be developed “too fast” or with “new science.” While not everyone will get a vaccine, those who are interested in the vaccines but still hesitant might be convinced. Below are some tips for helping your loved ones with vaccine hesitancy.

Ask why they are vaccine hesitant.

Listening to someone’s fears or hesitancies can help them feel heard and also help you understand why they might not want a vaccine.

Empathize with their concerns.

After 14+ months of pandemic concerns and worries, everyone is feeling stressed, scared, and confused. Be empathetic to your loved one’s concerns: you’re probably feeling similar emotions, but for different reasons!

Share your story.

The most effective way to confront vaccine hesitancy is by sharing your story. Share why you got it and how you felt about it. Maybe you’re now able to visit your grandpa at his nursing home indoors, maybe you really wanted to travel, maybe you’re doing it for the common good- whatever your reason- share!

Don’t argue, especially online.

Studies say that arguing with someone, especially online, is not going to convince them to change their mind. While you might think that spouting facts and statistics will help make your point, the truth is, they won’t.

Counter politely.

If someone is sharing a vaccine myth (“The vaccines contain fetuses!” “They aren’t approved by the FDA”), calmly and politely state the truth and move on. Sharing a valid source is also a good idea. Remember- don’t argue! Some good sources include the the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).


If someone is ready, share with them so they can easily access a local vaccine!

Together, we can help reduce vaccine hesitancy!

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