Eva-Maria Bitzer in conversation with Axel Rahmlow

Vaccination protects very well against severe changes in Covid-19. Yet many do not know if they want to be vaccinated. (Unsplash.com / Towfiqu barbhuiya)

Many are reluctant to get vaccinated against Covid-19. Dr Eva-Maria Bitzer advises anyone who advocates for vaccination and wants to convince these people to show understanding. A digital dice could also help in the vaccination decision.

The number of vaccinations in Germany per day is falling. Only half of the population has received full vaccine protection. How to convince those who do not clearly reject vaccination, but who still think about it, of vaccination?

show understanding

The majority of unvaccinated people are not tough vaccinators, but just insecure, explains Eva-Maria Bitzer, doctor and professor of health education at the University of Education in Friborg. She advises those who are reluctant in your own environment as an immunization advocate to be understanding about the concerns first.

Then you need to ask yourself where those worries are really coming from: “This is an important opening in the conversation that makes it clear to the other person: I take your worries seriously. I will not put you in a corner ”.

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Just as the reasons why someone hesitates are different, the sensitivity to certain vaccine arguments is also different. Some people are sensitive to moral appeals. The message that vaccination allows us to return to normal life could also be an important argument.

A cube that helps you make a decision

As a practical aid, Bitzer also recommends the Covid-19 Decision Cube, a digital tool that supports the vaccination decision. The dice allow the different aspects to be weighed individually during a vaccination decision. There is also “very good information” in Germany, in different languages ​​and easy to understand, for example from the Federal Center for Health Education or the Robert Koch Institute.

The doctor stresses that it is important not to sink into black and white thinking. This is the biggest problem. “There are shades of gray and it’s legitimate to worry. And there are good ways to feed those thoughts well.”