Trying to change the mind of a family member who is reluctant to get vaccinated for COVID-19, can be challenging at best. Rupali J. Limaye, PhD, director of behavioral and implementation science at International Vaccine Access Center at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, offers this advice.
- START FROM A POINT OF EMPATHY
Statements like “I don’t want to lose you.”
Try to find out what the real problem is. Remember, listening leads to trust.
- SHARE YOUR OWN ISSUES AND ANXIETIES
It’s important to acknowledge that all of us have been uncertain about what to do at times – all of us have had difficult decisions to make.
- REDIRECT THE CONVERSATION
If the family member is spouting misinformation, don’t correct them, instead pivot to “I’m not sure – but this is how I interpret the information.”
- USE EXAMPLES THAT ARE RELEVENT TO THE RELUCTANT ONE
“Think about grandma – if she gets COVID she could die.”
The worst thing is to get emotional