As the vaccine rollout occurs in New Zealand, we recognise that some people might be feeling very hesitant or anxious around receiving the vaccine – this might be in relation to the vaccine itself, or in relation to the delivery method – an injection.
We have gathered some useful information that may make the process easier for yourself, whānau or tamariki:
(Note: these are resources we've collated from other sources for ease of access by members and the public. We do not endorse or give any assurance as to their effectiveness)
Muscle Relaxation – tensing different muscles in your body, holding for a few seconds and then relaxing them can reduce anxiety and create a feeling of relaxation.
Have a game you can play while it’s all happening – that way, the brain is too busy to be afraid, and pain perception goes down. Any smartphone app involving touch and skill is a great place to start.
A physical intervention during the procedure – pointing, touching, coughing – can help. Pretending to cough may be useful – just make sure you don't move too much
Combine rote performance and visual identification. During the poke, look at something on the wall with writing on it; focus on one sentence and count the number of letters with holes in them (for example, there are two in “holes”). This engages the part of the brain responsible for analyzing risk
Applied Tension is an easy technique that increases blood pressure to help prevent you fainting – see guidance on this and breathing in the pdf (Overcoming your Needle Phobia)