Why is it important to talk about the COVID-19 vaccines?
When you speak with someone about the COVID-19 vaccines, you offer them the opportunity to:
- Share their concerns and fears. Many times, sharing with a trusted person can help reduce anxiety and distress.
- Understand more about their concerns based on what you tell them. Talking might help them reconsider their decision to not get vaccinated.
- Know that you are interested in listening and care enough to want them to be more protected against COVID-19 and the viral variants that cause it.
It’s also important to understand that some people don’t want to have these conversations. Respect their wishes, and let them know you want to listen if they want to talk later.
You can help
Nurses need allies in the fight against COVID-19. You can help because you have a powerful tool — trust. Conversations between family members, friends and those who trust each other can open their minds. Join us by helping people in your life consider the decision to be vaccinated.
About the Toolkit
The Hear Us Out toolkit contains tools to help you have conversations with people in your life who are hesitant about getting the COVID-19 vaccine. We created this guide to help you have productive conversations about the vaccine with your friends, colleagues and family members.