Conversations with Patients about COVID-19 Vaccine

Studies show healthcare professionals are the most trusted source of vaccine information.

Discussions with patients occur during an in-person office visit, through messages on your patient portal, or at a telemedicine appointment.

Effective strategies include: 

  • Start from a place of empathy and understanding.
  • Assume patients want to be vaccinated.
  • Give your strong recommendation.
  • Listen and respond to questions. 

Your strong vaccine recommendation is the most important part of the conversation.

CDC has resources healthcare professionals can use when talking to patients about COVID-19 vaccines.



Page last reviewed: September 27, 2021