Addressing unvaccinated communities means addressing questions and concerns about vaccinations — not shaming people into getting shots, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said Monday.
“The unvaccinated population is not uniform. There are people who have been waiting for more data, so let us present the data that we have,” she said at the Atlantic Festival.
“We have to inform people and give them the information that they need, we have to meet people where they are. This is not about blame and shame, this is about, help me understand what has made you reluctant," she continued.
Walensky said conversations like these are “hard work” but can result in swaying people in the direction of vaccination.
“Let's get to a place where you feel less reluctant and even if, though, that conversation doesn't result in your rolling up your sleeves today, it may be one step closer to your rolling up your sleeves tomorrow," she said.