Tips for Talking to Your Senior Parents About the COVID-19 Vaccine
- The vaccines that are currently available do not contain the live virus so there is no way to get COVID-19 from the vaccine.
- The vaccine contains one inactive piece of the virus, messenger RNA (mRNA). This acts as a blueprint for the body to use to identify the virus and destroy it.
- Current vaccines are given in two parts, an initial injection and a repeat injection either 21 or 28 days later depending on the manufacturer.
- These injections are given in the shoulder.
- After getting vaccinated, it is possible to experience mild symptoms that only last a day or two including fever, chills, fatigue or headaches.
- The vaccine is estimated to be about 95% effective at helping people from getting sick.
- Repeat and/or reiterate your loved one's questions and fears so both of you can clearly understand.
- Ask for clarification if you don’t understand something.
- Use “I” language instead of “you” language. For example, you could say, “I feel upset when I have to repeat myself,” instead of “You are making me upset because you are not listening to me.”
- Explain how the vaccine is a step toward being able to hug friends and family again, attend social events, etc.