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How to talk about COVID-19 vaccines with friends and family

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listen with empathy

1. Listen with empathy.

You can help by listening without judgment and identifying the root of someone’s concern. Acknowledge their emotions so they know they have been heard.

2. Ask open-ended questions.

Be brave, try not to sound judgmental, and ask questions that help you understand their concerns.

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3. Ask permission to share information.

Once you understand your friend or family member’s question or concern, ask if you can provide some information, and tell them where you get information you trust.

4. Help them find a reason to get vaccinated.

The reasons that someone may choose to get vaccinated will always be those that are most compelling to them personally.

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5. Help make their vaccination happen.

Offer to help your family member or friend make a vaccination appointment at a location nearby and, if needed, go with them to the appointment.

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6. Understand the importance of getting vaccinated.

Every person who chooses to get vaccinated brings us all a step closer to moving past the COVID-19 pandemic. As a trusted messenger to your family and friends, you can play a role in their decision to vaccinate.

Find a vaccine location near you by dialing 2-1-1 (available 24/7) or texting your ZIP Code to 898-211 (available Mon-Fri 8 am-5 pm).

How to Talk to your Family about COVID-19