Talking about the COVID-19 vaccine can sometimes be difficult. People can have different views and it can be challenging to have conversations with people who don’t share the same views. It is natural that some people have questions.
Whilst these conversations may sometimes be challenging, exploring these issues together is really important so that we can all support and listen to each other and give accurate information about the vaccine.
Our useful guide has some top tips to help you when talking to people about the vaccine.
Using accurate information to support your conversations
Remember, it is not your job to persuade people to get the COVID-19 vaccine, but you can help to talk through any concerns others may have and make sure that they know the facts and where to find accurate information. If you don’t know the answer to a question, then don’t guess. Tell the person you will get back to them. You can find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions at nhsselondonvaccinefacts.com. You can also find other helpful information on our public resources page.
You don’t need to be an expert on COVID-19 or the vaccine to have these conversations! The most important points are to:
- Be prepared
- Plan the conversation
- Start from a place of understanding
- Listen carefully
- Be supportive and talk through any concerns
- Share helpful information
- Offer to speak again if appropriate
Finally, don’t get into a debate– this conversation is about focusing on the other person and what they think or feel, providing accurate information so they can come to their own decision.