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Building Confidence in Vaccines: from COVID to Routine Childhood Vaccinations

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Training of trainers for folks who work with people who are pregnant, recently pregnant, wanting to get pregnant, and people with babies and school-aged children. For educators, community health workers, providers, social workers, school nurses, and anyone else interested.

Trainings #1 and #2: COVID Vaccines, with Becky Reitzes

From Vaccine “Hesitancy” to Vaccine Confidence – Supporting Informed Consent in an Age of Misinformation with People who are Pregnant, People who are Recently Pregnant or People Wanting to Get Pregnant

This two-part presentation offers a trauma-informed approach that is grounded in behavior change research to support pregnant patients and clients who are not vaccinated. This training will increase participants’ skills in talking with patients and clients who are pregnant, recently pregnant, or wanting to get pregnant about Pregnancy, COVID and the COVID vaccines and boosters, including the pediatric COVID vaccine, with the goal of increasing community health and confidence in the COVID-19 vaccines.

These trainings will discuss what “WHAT” and the “HOW” of COVID Vaccines and Pregnancy:

  • Part 1: What?

In this first training, we will discuss the ins and outs of the WHAT of COVID. This will include COVID, Vaccines, Boosters, COVID and vaccines and pregnancy and children ages 0 to 5, and so much more. This information is critical to build our trustworthiness with clients and our confidence in discussing these topics.

  • Part 2: How?

Part two will focus on HOW we talk to people respectfully who are not vaccinated and resistant to being vaccinated or boosted. This training was created using evidence-based behavior change practices. In this section, we will briefly be reminded about what works to support folks in moving towards a behavior change goal and how to respectfully talk to clients about getting vaccinated and boosted, if they want to talk to us. Part 2 will also discuss the role of informed consent, disinformation campaigns, social media, historical and current abuses, traumas and -isms (racism, ableism, homophobia, etc.) at the hands of government and the medical communities.


  • Increase understanding of vaccine hesitancy through a framework of historical and current trauma and social justice/injustices.
  • Increase skills in talking with pregnant clients, family, and friends about their vaccine ambivalence, hesitancy and /or distrust.
  • Provide practical strategies to discuss vaccines with patients and clients who are pregnant, recently pregnant, or wanting to get pregnant with the goal of increasing COVID Vaccine confidence.

Training #3: Routine Childhood Vaccinations, with Debra Berliner

Even on the easiest days, parenthood is a swirl of questions. Sometimes it seems impossible to know what information to believe and whom to trust – especially on topics like childhood vaccines. In this session, we’ll sort out fact from fiction so that you can feel prepared to have informed, open conversations with the families you serve. We’ll talk about all vaccines required for school and childcare entry, like MMR, DTaP/Tdap, varicella, hepatitis B, polio and more.


  • Briefly review childhood vaccines and the diseases they prevent.
  • Address common concerns and questions (e.g. “Is it really necessary for my child to get all vaccines?” “Isn’t natural immunity better?” “Is there any link between vaccines and autism?” and more).
  • Equip you with responses that acknowledge and honor parents’ and caregivers’ concerns while also providing clear, science-based, and reassuring information.


Becky Reitzes

Becky Reitzes, MA

Program Manager for King County’s COVID-19 and Health Equity Training and Capacity Building Program (TCBP)