Design for Life: My father refuses to get the Covid-19 vaccine

Psychotherapist Siobhán Murray advises a reader on how to talk to her recently widowed father about loss, loneliness and his fear of taking a Covid-19 vaccine

Dear Expert,

My father and I are having a stand-off. He has refused to get a Covid-19 vaccine, even though he’s in his 70s and frail. He’s been spending a lot of time on social media (mainly Facebook) and is convinced that vaccines are dangerous, so nobody should take them. My mother died a year ago (non-Covid-related) and I think the loss of her has changed him. He has become very distrustful and anxious. He ...