I'm so disappointed in my partner for turning down the Covid vaccine

DEAR DEIDE: MY partner refuses to get the Covid vaccine and it’s making me view him with disgust.

We’ve been together 18 years, yet I feel like I don’t know him any more.

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I’m 44 and he’s 46. He says the vaccine is risky, as it was developed too quickly and there’s no proof it’s safe.

But I’ve been double-jabbed, and apart from a bit of muscle pain for a few days, I was fine.

He says he knows people who have been suffering side effects for months.

His sister and best mate are anti-vaxxers, so he’s obviously been influenced.

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My parents are vulnerable. I’m frightened they’ll stop meeting me if he doesn’t have the vaccine.

He won’t see reason. What can I do?

DEIDRE SAYS: The vaccine is highly-effective, safe and slows down transmission rates.

His decision affects not only him, but vulnerable people like your parents, and those who can’t be vaccinated.

There is plenty of information online about the vaccine development programme, along with proof of its safety. Perhaps you can show him this.

Talk to him again, and try to better understand his fears. Explain how this is affecting you and how you now see him.

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