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A new way to convince your friend to get vaccinated, according to Chris Christie

Is your friend not vaccinated? Here’s one way to do it, according to former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie

Rose Wilkinson gets a shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
Rose Wilkinson, 14, gets a shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine from nurse Clarece Glanville at the Central Davis Senior Activity Center in Kaysville on Tuesday, July 6, 2021.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

Vaccination efforts continue to happen throughout the country, but there might be a reason for why people aren't getting the vaccine.

How to convince your friend to get the vaccine

Chris Christie, the former governor of New Jersey, said on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday that public health officials are approaching vaccinations the wrong way when it comes to convincing people to get the vaccine.

  • “The vaccines do work,” he said. “And I think that every focus group I’ve been in with Republicans who are not vaccinated, you have to walk them through the logic of this.”

He said right now, people are being told to get the vaccine — but that’s not the right way to convince people to get the vaccine. Here’s his full explanation from ABC’s “This Week.”

“What they don’t want is to be indoctrinated. They’re willing to be vaccinated. They don’t want to be indoctrinated. And so let’s be smart about this.

“And I think that one of the places where our leaders have fallen down is they’re not explaining it. They’re just saying, get vaccinated. And these — these folks do not respond to being ordered to do those things.

“I had a very smart guy who was — who visited with me this week who said, I don’t want the government telling me what I have to do. It’s a libertarian type of response to this. But what they respond to, I sat with this guy and I walked him through the facts, and then he said, OK, I’m going to go get vaccinated. That’s what we need to be doing.”

COVID-19 vaccinations rising?

White House Chief of Staff Ron Klein said on Twitter over the weekend that COVID-19 vaccination numbers are rising amid the surge of the delta variant. In fact, he said there were 790,000 vaccinations in the last 24 hours, which “might be the biggest 24-hour period since early July.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said recently that getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is one way to stop the disease, which “is now a preventable disease.”

  • “When you are fully vaccinated, you are protected against severe illness, hospitalization, and death,” the CDC said.

Right now, about 163 million people have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to the CDC.