BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Johns Hopkins University has launched a free virtual course to teach people how to talk to parents about children’s COVID-19 vaccines.
When it comes to vaccination rates, Maryland is doing well. About 88.2% of the state’s children 5 years of age and older have received at least one dose.
But having a meaningful conversation about the COVID-19 vaccine with others isn’t always easy.
“I know for a lot of people, it’s really hard to have conversations,” said Dr. Rupali Limaye, a behavioral scientist who studies global vaccine hesitancy at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. this story. “They are emotional; they heat up. “
However, a brand new free online course from Johns Hopkins is looking to change that.
The online course is called COVID Vaccine Ambassador Training: How to Talk to Parents. The goal of the course is to equip parents, teachers, and community members with the skills needed to have a respectful and empathetic conversation with parents and guardians who are still hesitant about vaccines. .
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“Instead of having a doctor, a nurse, or another healthcare professional, we thought about how we could equip parents,” says Limaye. “So when you’re having these conversations at the bus stop, which I do almost every day with my parents, or you’re playing sports at school with other parents, you can talk about it in a different way. Hey, that’s the conversation.”
This conversational tone is intended to remove the “I know better than you” vibe from the conversation.
The two-hour course teaches ambassadors a variety of topics such as how to communicate effectively with those who hesitate, how to develop a vaccine, how to detect and respond to misinformation online, and the importance of importance of immunizing children between the ages of 5 and 11.
“The goal here is to make sure that any decision they make, whether it’s to vaccinate or not to vaccinate, is evidence-based,” says Limaye.
This course is free and available to anyone. It is designed to take less than two hours. One person doesn’t have to finish it all at once.
https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2022/01/23/johns-hopkins-hosts-covid-19-vaccination-virtual-course/ Johns Hopkins Hosts Virtual COVID-19 Immunization Course – CBS Baltimore