The pandemic has been hard on everyone. In addition to upending our routines, isolating us from each other, and making us fear for our wellbeing, it also introduced a host of new anxieties, including concerns about the efficacy of the vaccine.
However, with the emergence of the highly-contagious Delta variant and case numbers on the rise, getting everyone vaccinated is more critical than ever. Unvaccinated individuals account for nearly all of the COVID-related hospitalizations or deaths in the United States.
Fortunately, COVID-19 vaccines are still an effective way to prevent serious illness, hospitalization, or death, including against the Delta variant.
The most important thing you can do to help reach herd immunity and keep your community safe is to talk to your friends and family members who are hesitant about getting vaccinated. In an overwhelming situation like this one, it is easier for people to trust information coming from someone they know (that’s you!).
The most important thing you can do to help reach herd immunity and keep your community safe is to talk to your friends and family members who are hesitant about getting vaccinated.
We know these conversations can be complicated, which is why we outlined tips from the CDC for keeping discussions productive and respectful:
Need more help? The New York Times has released a chatbot that will walk you through an empathetic conversation with the vaccine hesitant people in your life.
The Department of Health and Human Services also has helpful resources in various print and digital formats to help you spread the word within your community. Or, check out Made to Save to find an event or volunteering opportunity near you!
Dr. B is proud to support the ongoing vaccination campaigns led by these and other organizations.
Thank you for doing your part to help us beat COVID-19.