What would you suggest?
#15 | POSTED BY ALEXANDRITE
Another great question. This is getting fun.
This is how I see it. This pandemic has been terribly politicized and all are guilty to varying degrees. The messaging has been atrocious, across the board. Masks work. Well, maybe they don't. If you are vaccinated you can go back to normal living. Well, no you really can't - mask up, bitch. Our experts, specifically Fauci, have been terrible. At times we have been lied to "for our own good". The media and Big Tech have acted as information overlords and it's been more narrative driven than fact driven. I could go on and on.
Bottom line - people have plenty of reasons to strongly distrust what they are being told from the so-called experts and government officials. A LOT of credibility has been squandered.
At this point, I believe the best way to convince people to get vaccinated is to become honest and transparent.
Biden needs to pick a credible spokesperson, maybe even a Republican or respected conservative - in the spirit of the fact that this shouldn't be a political issue and by picking a political opponent he shows that this is not only bipartisan but apolitical - and that spokesperson needs to be blunt. And the message to America needs to start with an apology and an acknowledgement of just how bad the communication process has been and how political this has been. Then, lay out ALL of what we know about these vaccines, both the good and the bad. Then, acknowledge that with blown credibility, if anyone distrusts what was just laid out regarding the positives/negatives of the vaccines that PLEASE consult your personal physician and weigh your options from there.
It's absolutely a doable approach. It really wouldn't be difficult. I can't speak to how effective this would be, but to me it seems like a logical starting point given where things are at.
Mistrust is driving at least some, if not most, of this vax hesitancy.