Society: How do I deal with vaccine refusers?

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How do I deal with vaccinators who refuse to be vaccinated?

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At least 109 million vaccination doses of the corona vaccinations have already been administered in Germany. The number is huge, but it has to get better! If we want to continue to push back the pandemic, solidarity is required, and it is only possible with a high vaccination rate, where every vaccination counts.

With the corona vaccination, we can protect ourselves from infection with the virus or at least significantly reduce the course. Vaccination is a savior in times of need, because it brings us back to normality bit by bit. A prerequisite for this, however, is a high vaccination rate. According to the RKI, this should be at least 85 percent for 12 to 59 year olds, and a vaccination rate of 90 percent is necessary for people aged 60 and over. One more reason to talk to vaccine skeptics.

Is there no compulsory vaccination?

There is no compulsory vaccination in Germany. In other countries you lure with bonuses, in this country the problem is approached more liberally. That’s fine for now. But one question arises: How do we manage to convince the vaccine skeptics?
The answer is: through better, lower-threshold education and vaccination incentives. Fully vaccinated people regain their freedoms, whereas unvaccinated people are, at least partially, excluded from public life. For example, with the 2G rule (recovered or vaccinated), which already applies in many indoor facilities, they are denied entry. In addition, the state reimbursement of the cost of corona rapid tests has been suspended since October 11, 2021.

And on the subject of education: We can all contribute to education by speaking to unsettled people in our environment. But it can also be difficult to find common ground.

When is a discussion pointless?

Discussing vaccination opponents is often tedious and sometimes hopeless. Many believe that they only know the truth. In doing so, they perceive reality in a distorted manner and also like to suppress a few facts. Some opponents of vaccinations assume that large pharmaceutical companies, politicians or the state conspire against humanity and make them sick and willless with the vaccination and earn huge sums of money in the process. This is an extreme mindset and few people believe in such conspiracy theories. Since opponents of vaccination are seldom to be changed, we should focus on vaccination skeptics.

Why are people afraid of the corona vaccination?

  • Fear of bad side effects
  • Fear of infertility
  • Make sure the vaccines haven’t been tested thoroughly enough
  • Pregnant and breastfeeding women are afraid of harming the child
  • Fear of long-term damage

What is the best way to behave now?

To understand why some people are critical of vaccination, we need to listen openly and take note of their concerns. Getting loud rarely helps here! Try to react understandingly to possible fears and openly share your knowledge. You can also include your own vaccination experience. We have listed six good reasons for the corona vaccination, which also refute the worries listed above.

6 reasons for the COVID-19 vaccination that refute most worries

1. Prevention is always better than the disease

Because anyone can become infected with the Corona virus and young people can also suffer a severe course or even be affected by long-term consequences, so-called “long COVID symptoms” such as shortness of breath or states of exhaustion. This can be prevented with the corona vaccination.

2. The vaccines are safe, serious side effects are rare

Contrary to the concerns of some people, all vaccines approved in Germany have passed the test procedures and meet EU safety standards. As with all other vaccines. This time it was worked on with high pressure, so it was a lot faster. Serious side effects after vaccination are rare, only in 0.02 percent. (In comparison: severe courses of the disease occur on average in 14 percent of people who are sick with a COVID-19 infection.)

3. Protection of fellow human beings and relief of the health system

On the one hand, it is important that as many people as possible are vaccinated so that the virus no longer spreads as quickly. With the vaccination we not only protect ourselves, but also our fellow human beings. Especially those who cannot be vaccinated due to illness. On the other hand, a lower infection rate has the consequence that the probability of mutations decreases. Overall, of course, the burden on the entire health system is also relieved because fewer people suffer from severe disease.

4. No effects on fertility and pregnancy

There is no evidence that vaccines have a negative impact on fertility, either in women or in men. The concerns can therefore be refuted. Vaccination with an mRNA vaccine is also recommended for pregnant women from the second trimester of pregnancy, breastfeeding women and women who want to have children.

5. Normal in the workplace, more space for leisure and travel

Only through vaccination is it possible to return to normal step by step. So that children can go to school carefree again, students no longer have to exclusively attend online lectures, we can meet our colleague for a coffee again and celebrate grandma’s 80th birthday. All of this is made easier as the vaccination rate increases. With a complete vaccination certificate, it is also much easier to travel.

6. Vaccines have never been so easily available

When it comes to vaccination appointments, there are no more excuses, because vaccination is now done in many different places. The best thing to do is to find out more from your family doctor. Also, keep an eye out for local vaccination campaigns.

Sources: zusammen gegencorona.de, rki.de, bundesgesundheitsministerium.de

Brigitte

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