APA: Helping your patients overcome vaccine hesitancy

There are more effective strategies than shaming or scaring them into getting the shot.

In her work as a clinical psychologist in Washington, D.C., Victoria Sylos-Labini, PsyD, encounters a lot of people—both patients and coworkers—who are not yet vaccinated. Some are worried about the vaccines’ safety or are ashamed to ask questions about vaccines in such a highly polarized political environment. Others see going unvaccinated as a core part of their political identities. And some are members of racial and ethnic groups, such as Black Americans, with historic reasons to distrust the federal government’s intentions.

Read the full article on the American Psychological Association’s website here.