Coronavirus “The minds of many unvaccinated people are still changing” – Psychologists who watched the corona situation tell why there is light at the end of the tunnel

“One should not think that there are 20 percent of people who will never take the vaccine. The minds of many are changing, ”says Nelli Hankonen, Professor of Social Psychology.

Interest rate recommendations returned on Tuesday at a rapid pace. An extensive teleworking and mask recommendation was decided in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area and Southwest Finland, which took effect immediately.

Many have been waiting for the corona pandemic to end, so setting new recommendations at the darkest time of the year can arouse feelings of anxiety and frustration.

Psychologist Kaisa Saurio says the reactions are individual. Others enjoy working remotely and may continue to live normally. Coping is more of a ordeal if one has believed the pandemic is coming to an end and life is becoming significantly more difficult.

Psychologist Kaisa Saurio

“If you just wait to get back to old, you’ll be stuck waiting for something that will never happen for the duration of the pandemic,” Saurio says.

When negative emotions begin to take control of life, Saurio urges you to address them in a timely manner. Willpower alone is not enough to change feelings or thoughts.

“It’s worth remembering what worked well in the past. Someone best deals with their annoyance by channeling it to help others. For others, presence and breathing exercises or writing down thoughts on paper can help. ”

“It’s good to remember that few people intentionally act immorally or in a way that harms others.”

Negative emotions may be more affected by the precarious disease situation than by protective measures. Saurio is a project planner in a study by the University of Tampere and VTT, which examines the attitude of Finns to corona resources after both vaccines.

According to the survey, Finns are still prepared for measures to combat the corona, and they perceive them as relevant and in accordance with their own values. Protective measures, such as the use of masks, were welcomed.

With regard to vaccines, the debate has begun to escalate. Saurio says frustration should not be targeted at one group.

“It’s good to remember that few people intentionally act immorally or in a way that harms others. You can try to influence others by setting an example, encouraging and helping. In some situations, it is also important to draw boundaries, such as refusing an appointment if one does not comply with security measures. ”

“Non-vaccination is not a permanent condition or feature.”

Professor of Social Psychology Nelli Hankonen

Professor of Social Psychology Nelli Hankonen says taking the vaccine should not be made a question of identity. Hankonen is the director of the above-mentioned research project.

“Unvaccination is not a permanent condition or feature, and not everyone has a fear of the reliability of vaccination. This may be indifference or difficulty in obtaining vaccination. ”

Can the coronation situation does the deterioration affect how the vaccine will be treated in the future?

Hankonen says that the deterioration of the corona situation in Finland could have been anticipated already in the summer. The delta variant then spread widely despite vaccinations, for example in the United States, when protection measures were lifted.

“As early as the summer, the WHO signaled that it would be dangerous for countries with high vaccination coverage to reduce protection measures.”

People should have been told more clearly that a double vaccine protects against serious coronary heart disease, but is not enough to prevent infections.

He says some may have gotten a false picture of the effectiveness of the vaccines when the coronary situation did not improve.

People should have been told more clearly that a double vaccine protects against serious coronary heart disease, but is not enough to prevent infections. Therefore, masks, for example, are still needed.

Hankonen says that communication should increase a comprehensive understanding of the effectiveness of vaccines against different responses. He raises tick vaccinations, for example. Finns know that they provide protection against tick-borne encephalitis, but do not protect against borreliosis, which is why tick bites are still recommended.

“It has always been known to the scientific community that double-vaccinated people can get sick or spread the delta variant. It may not have been explained enough. ”

“Triple vaccination is also effective in preventing infections.”

Although a coronary pandemic may seem infinitely long, hopeful thoughts should not be abandoned, according to Hankonen and Saurio.

“Triple vaccination also effectively prevents infections, so in that sense light is visible at the end of the tunnel,” says Hankonen.

In addition, Hankonen believes that many unvaccinated Finns still want to take the coronary vaccine. He says vaccines may not have been taken in early fall because there were messages from many directions that Korona is over.

“One should not think that there are 20 percent of people who will never take the vaccine. Many will change as knowledge about the safety of vaccinations becomes available and vaccination is made easier. ”

A state of disruption and breaking of routines can also turn into an opportunity. According to Saurio, the crisis can reveal fragile structures both in society and in our own minds and relationships.

“When everything is in a state of change, we are also more psychologically prepared to make a change.”

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