Those who postpone the Covid-19 vaccine will be informed according to the steps in the Vaccine Communication Guide

The guide was sent to 81 provinces to be delivered to the health personnel working throughout the country. In addition, there is a training video within the framework of the information in the guide for use in the digital environment and on the internet.

In the guide, which stated that those who postpone the Covid-19 vaccine or do not want to be vaccinated, are exposed to a lot of inaccurate information, it was emphasized that the most important need of these people is to reach real information from the right sources.

In the guide, which pointed out that those who are not vaccinated should be informed in order to enable them to make informed decisions, not to be convinced, the following recommendations were made to healthcare professionals:

“Your way of communicating with people is to talk, learn about their concerns, and approach with empathy. Listening sincerely will make the other person feel accepted. After the person feels accepted, the explanations you will make in the light of scientific data will reach their place.”

In the guide, it was emphasized that body language, facial expressions, gestures and mimics were more effective than speech, and it was noted that for effective communication, the interviewee should be faced, eye contact should be established, and the person should listen actively.


It is stated in the guide that it is important to listen to the questions of those who postpone getting the Covid-19 vaccine and to answer them clearly, and it is stated that these people should be made to feel that their concerns are understood.

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In the guide, the importance of the vaccine for the healthy continuation of the social life was pointed out and for those who are undecided about the vaccine. “Vaccination allows you to safely reunite and hug your loved ones. Once the majority of our society is vaccinated, we will be able to return to doing the activities we love without wearing masks and without distances” asked to be reminded.


Frequently asked questions about Covid-19 vaccines were also included in the guide. Some of these questions are:

Question: How were newly heard mRNA vaccines developed?

Answer: The newly heard mRNA vaccine technology is a method that has been studied for more than 20 years. Due to the pandemic, some universities and laboratories have focused on developing a vaccine using existing mRNA technology.

Question: Do mRNA vaccines affect DNA?

Answer: mRNA vaccines do not affect or alter your DNA in any way. This vaccine is just a message sent to the immune system, containing what the virus looks like and instructions on how to dispose of it. It is destroyed after it helps your body make antibodies.

Question: Do vaccines affect fertility?

Answer: Covid-19 vaccines do not cause fertility problems.

Question: Are the vaccines developed safe?

Answer: Vaccines developed for Covid-19 have become the world’s hope of slowing and ending the pandemic. For this reason, the whole world has closely followed every step of vaccine development. For the safety and efficacy of the vaccine, each country continues to meticulously monitor and evaluate the safety of vaccines, together with organizations around the world.

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All of the vaccines coming to Turkey have started to be applied after they have been examined and checked in the laboratory by the Turkish Medicines and Medical Devices Agency (TİTCK).

Question: Can allergic reactions occur after vaccination?

Answer: Allergic reactions, albeit very rare, can occur after Covid-19 vaccines. These reactions usually occur within 30 minutes of vaccination.

Question: Do vaccines have side effects?

Answer: Mild and short-term side effects that can be seen after vaccination are feeling of tiredness, fever, chills, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, muscle joint pain, pain at the injection site, redness, swelling.

Question: Should a person who has had Covid-19 get vaccinated?

Answer: It is important to be vaccinated, even if you have already been diagnosed and treated for Covid-19. Vaccination of people who have had the disease increases the existing immune response.

Question: Can pregnant and nursing mothers also be vaccinated?

Answer: When the data on the application of Kovid-19 vaccines during pregnancy and breastfeeding are examined, it is recommended to apply the vaccine. The vaccine is safe for those planning to become pregnant, pregnant women, and breastfeeding women. Scientific research reveals that vaccination does not increase the risk of miscarriage in pregnant women.

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