Empathetic conversations are key for COVID-19 vaccination.
The holidays are approaching again and COVID-19 cases are trending upward. Unlike last year, the COVID-19 vaccine is now widely available for ages 5 and up, as well as booster shots for all adults. Vaccination can be a difficult topic; empathy is critical for successful conversations about COVID-19 vaccines.
In a recent KCUR interview, Kansas City expert Alex Francisco shared that the best strategy for vaccine hesitancy is to first listen.
“Really understand why a friend or family member may be worried about the vaccine, Francisco said. Then: be empathetic.”
We developed this toolkit to help you facilitate open conversations about the importance of the vaccine.
We also developed the Faith in Vaccines sermon guide and toolkit to help faith leaders create an open and empathetic space to start a discussion and answer questions about the effectiveness and importance of the vaccine.
We hope these tools are useful to you as we all work to end the pandemic.