Nervous about needles?
Updated: June 9, 2021 / 02:49 PM
Some people are worried about getting needles generally. In fact, one in 10 people has a fear of needles.* This may make them nervous about getting the COVID-19 vaccine too.
The experience of getting a COVID-19 vaccine is the same as getting other vaccines. Here are some ways that can help make needles more comfortable, making you feel less stressed and more relaxed.
Getting the COVID-19 vaccine is an important way to keep you, your loved ones and community safe.
*NHS Foundation Trust: Overcoming your needle phobia (fear of needles)
8 tips for making vaccinations more comfortable
- Wear a short-sleeve shirt or top with sleeves that are easy to roll up
- Sit down in a comfortable position
- Ask questions so you know what will happen
- Relax your arm so that it is loose and jiggly like cooked spaghetti
- Take deep belly breaths to help you stay calm
- Listen to music that you find soothing
- Distract yourself so you are paying attention to something else or someone else
- Apply numbing creams or patches (topical anesthetics such as EMLA™, AMETOP™ and Maxilene™). These are available for purchase from pharmacies without a prescription. Apply to the area (top third of upper arm for people over 2 years) 60 minutes ahead of time.
For information visit: novascotia.ca/vaccine-plan