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How to speak to someone who’s hesitant about vaccines

Despite the success of the COVID-19 vaccination programme, many people have concerns about getting their jab. Here’s how to broach the conversation with vaccine-hesitant family or friends.

So far, the UK’s COVID-19 vaccination programme has been remarkably successful. More than half the UK population had received at least one dose of the vaccine by late April 2021, and the rollout is now extending to younger age groups. By late July, all UK adults should have been offered their first jab.

For many people, getting their vaccine is cause for celebration, marking the end of months of anxiety around contracting COVID-19. Although no vaccine offers 100% protection against the virus – and you need both doses for maximum effectiveness – they do significantly lower rates of death, hospitalisation and serious illness. Getting the vaccine may feel like an important step back towards normal life for all of us.

However, a significant minority of the population is less than thrilled about the idea of getting the jab.

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