@FarmerJayhawk Understanding people who react strongly to reports of several cases of side effects will be easier when you remember what many psych studies show about how the human brain is numb to large ststistics in evaluating risk.
People can identify with reports of small numbers of people, but cannot conceive of mass numbers as individuals. A local news report of post-vax clots has a face in it. A report of thousands of people in hospitals on respirators is just a number. The important part of that word, number, is “numb.” People are numb to victims in the thousands.
The old saying is appropos: “A single death is a tragedy, a thousand deaths is a statistic.”
Fundraising for hunger goes nowhere until the ads show a starving baby with flies flitting about, and campaigns for St Jude hospital show those poor bald kids in wheelchairs – faces, not stats.
So, my advice is to (gently) present to your mom the reports coming out lately about individuals expressly regretting not getting vaccines as they go to ERs and ICUs. Find some where people talk about thinking they were safe because of (whatever). It just might make more of a difference when you say, “Mom, I saw this and my heart broke thinking this could be you.”
I had to admit to my doctor when my diabetes started getting into the uncontrolled range, “Well, I guess I am proof that denial is not an effective health care strategy.” Recognizing that we all do some stupid things may help, too…Good luck to her and you through this mess.