Freaked out by needles? How to prepare for the COVID-19 vaccine

Published 2021-11-25 02:00

There are plenty of things you can do to help it go well


Put your hand up if you like getting needles!


Chances are, no one put their hand up.

You may have heard that kids ages five and up can get the COVID-19 vaccine in Canada.

But, you may also be nervous about it.

After all, the shot will probably hurt a little bit, but only for a few seconds.

Even though it’s perfectly normal to be afraid of needles, there are plenty of things you can do to make the experience more positive.

CBC Kids News spoke with two experts in children’s pain for some tips: Rebecca Pillai Riddell, from York University in Toronto, Ontario, and Christine Chambers from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Here’s a summary of their advice.

Things you can do before the shot

A girl sits with a tablet in her lap while getting her COVID shot

It’s a good idea to bring a tablet or something that can distract you when you get the COVID-19 shot. (Image credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Things you can do during the shot

A girl smiles in a doctor's office

Keep a positive attitude. The vaccine only hurts for a few seconds but helps protect kids like Eunice Lee, who got the shot in Washington earlier this month. She’s a kidney transplant patient and could get really sick from COVID-19. (Image credit: Carolyn Kaster/The Associated Press)

Things you can do after

A kid in Toronto, Ontario, flexes his muscles and shows off his stickers after being one of the first kids under age 11 in Canada to get the COVID-19 vaccine on Nov. 23. (Image credit: Steve Russell/The Canadian Press)

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