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How to master the art of the vaccination conversation.

It’s time to have the talk.

Better yet, 3 of them.

COVID-19 vaccination has become the elephant in many rooms across Pierce County.

More than half of you have received at least one dose of vaccine. A bit less than half have not.

Questions about vaccines are normal. But they are safe, easy to get, free—and by far our best tool to fight the virus.

So, if you decided to get vaccinated, please take one more step to help us get back to regular life: Address the elephant.

Talk to 3 friends and help answer those questions. If they choose to get vaccinated, they can talk to 3 friends of their own and so on.

If enough of us start these honest conversations, we can finally put the pandemic behind us.

The pandemic of the unvaccinated.

COVID-19 cases are surging in Pierce County and around the U.S., in part because of the fast spreading Delta variant. This is the longest and strongest sustained case rate increase we’ve seen since the beginning of the pandemic.

Outbreaks in the community are increasing in frequency and size. Our 7-day hospitalization rates have increased 2.5 times since the beginning of July.

The vast majority of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths in Pierce County are among people who aren’t vaccinated.

Be honest. Be open. Be empathetic.

So how do you begin?

Perhaps most importantly, make sure you are ready to listen closely and be empathetic. The flood of misinformation on social media has left many people stressed or scared. Those feelings are real and powerful.

Remember, you care about this person and want to help keep them safe. Be ready to really listen to their concerns and questions and answer with facts and your own feelings.

Ask more than yes or no questions.

The conversation over vaccines has grown more difficult as people have chosen sides. You might worry it will lead to an argument or hard feelings.

When you talk to someone about vaccine, make sure you ask open-ended questions rather than something that requires a simple yes or no.

This will better help you understand your loved ones concerns and have a more open and honest conversation.

Help your loved one find their reason.

One of the best ways to combat vaccine hesitancy is to make sure people have a reason to get vaccinated.

Many people get the vaccine to protect themselves. Others want to protect their kids, parents or grandparents. Some just want to get back to normal life as soon as possible.

Those are all great reasons to get vaccinated! Talk about your “whys” and ask what theirs might be. Honest conversations can go a long way toward helping your loved one make up their mind.

Share reliable information.

Reliable information is your best friend in any of these discussions.

Before you share anything with the person you’re talking to, ask for permission. Once you get the green light, make sure to use trusted sources. That could mean:


Help them find their dose.

We know vaccines are the best way to protect you against COVID-19, including new variants.

Help your family and friends find their vaccination today at Everyone 12 and older is eligible. You can register online or drop in at any clinic and get vaccinated without an appointment.

If you need a ride to an appointment or can’t easily leave your home, we can help! Call us at (253) 649-1412, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 7 days a week.

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