Changing the Conversation about COVID to Get More People Vaccinated

by LeChele Mack LeChele Mack, BSN, RN (New)

Specializes in Corrections, Psychiatry. Has 5 years experience.

This article talks about the type of messaging that is most effective at changing minds about vaccination and how we can provide that messaging through discussion about long COVID-19.

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I don’t disagree that there is an important role for continued post marketing and real world data analysis regarding vaccine safety in all populations in order to reduce risk for everyone receiving the vaccine. Now that we have availability of all the vaccines this helps make the best choice for each subset.

But it is also important to make sure our discussions are framed in context for the general public which may be consuming this content.

Myocarditis after vaccination is extremely rare even in the highest risk groups of patients at 15 per million. To put this in context, your risk of dying from a dog attack is more than double the risk of even having myocarditis after vaccination.

The majority of myocarditis cases are mild and self-limiting. 

The analogy here is that not being vaccinated due to concern for myocarditis is if you were on a boat that was sinking and you refused to get on a lifeboat because of the risk of death from sunstroke (which is 125 per million).

If you drive your car to work (or anywhere else) and you refuse to be vaccinated due to myocarditis risk you are a hypocrite