A Guide to Vaccine Hesitancy Conversations: Building Confidence in Primary Care
Speakers: M Leslie, R Fadaak, N Pinto
Although the number of vaccinations in Canada continues to rise, the decrease in vaccine hesitancy (VH) is occurring at a much slower rate. Recent surveys have indicated that at least 18% of Canadians have some level of VH towards COVID‑19 vaccines. Primary Care Physicians (PCPs), with their long-term, trusting relationships with patients, are playing a significant role in vaccine uptake. The status quo for conversations about vaccination is to use the ‘deficit model’ of science communication approach – an approach to correct misinformation with facts. Research suggests that this type of communication can often backfire when the source of hesitancy is cultural or social in nature and can even make previously held hesitancy stronger.
The Vaccine Hesitancy Guide, developed by a research team at the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy, aims to improve the capacity of clinicians and their teams to effectively communicate and promote vaccine uptake with a broad range of hesitant patients.
This interactive tool supports Primary Care Physicians by helping them:
- identify the origins of their patients’ vaccine hesitancy; and
- draw on successful counselling tactics of colleagues from across the country to communicate effectively.