Anti-COVID-Vaccine Persuasion Workshop
Reader Led Workshop Discussion -- Best Antivax Persuasion Practices
I would like to make this post to open up a virtual workshop where we can learn from each other about what methods help place a seed of doubt into vaccine-supporters minds.
I know that people do change minds because I am aware of several individuals who were initially supportive of Covid vaccines, but later changed their minds, no longer accept vaccines, and refuse boosters. Because my name is attached to this blog, I will NOT post details, but I am sure you know such people also.
You and I know that “Covid vaccination” was a crazy and reckless (at best) undertaking by health authorities overtaken by herd mentality. (if you disagree, you are still my welcomed reader)
That said, there are plenty of people who blindly “believe in science” (which translates into misplaced trust, believing whatever “the experts” were telling them). We know that some of such people eventually see the light and change their minds. What made them change their minds? What can we learn?
I would like to explore what approaches work to plant a seed of doubt and change minds about vaccination. With the baby vaccines just approved, this creates a bit of an urgent situation.
I would like this to be a “workshop” where we post experiences regarding mind-changes, and then read through the replies and discuss what works and what does not. The only restriction that I would suggest is that we only recommend truth-based messaging, that is, nothing based on lies.
I know that I was able to plant a seed of doubt in the mind of one mother regarding vaccinating her kids. She never vaccinated them. Kids had Covid like everyone else’s kids and nothing bad happened. At the same time, I know that I could be better at convincing and want to learn from you.
Please post in the comments:
If you were initially supportive of Covid vaccines, but later changed your mind, was there one person or one message that made you doubt your original beliefs? If so, what was the message? Who was the messenger? How was it conveyed? Was it an a-ha moment, or was it a result of many experiences?
If you were able to convince your loved ones to change their mind about Covid vaccination, what did you do? What sort of approach worked?