Minnesotans looking for ways to have productive — rather than divisive — holiday gathering discussions over COVID-19 vaccines can find helpful conversation tips at https://bit.ly/32xUO0j.

“As Minnesotans get ready to gather with family and friends this holiday season, don’t shy away from talking about the importance of the COVID-19 vaccine,” Gov. Tim Walz said in a news release.

Research shows that, among unvaccinated Americans, families and friends can serve as important advocates for the COVID-19 vaccine when they share their positive experience getting their shot, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.

“By having real conversations with the people who matter the most to you, you can help someone decide to get a life-saving COVID-19 vaccine this holiday season,” Walz stated.

Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan said in the news release, “As someone who has lost a loved one to COVID-19, my holiday wish is for all Minnesotans to take this virus seriously and get vaccinated.”

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Minnesotans can follow these suggestions for talking about the COVID-19 vaccine:

  • Start from a place of care.

  • Listen to concerns with empathy.

  • Use open-ended questions to explore opinions.

  • Ask permission to share information.

  • Help loved ones find reasons to get vaccinated through shared values.

  • Help make their vaccine happen.

For more information about the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine, visit https://bit.ly/3cJzsij. Information about vaccines for 5- to 11-year-olds can be found at https://bit.ly/3CWAq5G.