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May 26, 2021 27 mins

Making health care decisions for yourself -- or the people in your care -- are some of the most important choices you will ever make. It's understandable to have questions about the efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines. Community health care navigators are there to help ease vaccine-related concerns, and bridge the gap of trust between their communities and the health care providers that serve them. These navigators can be a local nurse or pharmacist, or even just a faith leader or friendly neighbor. This episode, we hear from Heather Simpson, a mother who was once part of the anti-vax community. Thoughtful discussion helped change her mind, and now she's been vaccinated against COVID-19. She talks about the best way to open up discussions with vaccine-hesitant people. Then, we hear from Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about the importance of these health care navigators, and what the CDC is doing to support them.

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