Motivational interviewing for addressing vaccine hesitancy among people who use drugs

Vaccine hesitancy among people who use drugs continues to be a challenge for syringe service programs nationwide. Centering the concerns and perspective of people who use drugs when addressing vaccine hesitancy is pertinent for these programs.

AIDS United’s new guide to vaccine hesitancy and motivational interviewing for people who use drugs explains factors related to this population’s concerns and perspectives surrounding COVID-19 vaccination, including both real and perceived barriers to vaccination.

This resource explores motivational interviewing as a successful tactic to address vaccine hesitancy among this population. The resource provides specific guidance and skills for SSP outreach workers to identify concerns surrounding vaccination and engage with participants.

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