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Is a fear of needles preventing you from getting your Covid vaccination?

Adam really wants to get vaccinated against Covid-19, but an extreme fear of needles is holding him back.

The 23-year-old from Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, says it’s not the pain he’s afraid of. For him, it’s the thought of the injection itself – and the needle piercing his skin. A recent Oxford University survey of more than 15,000 adults in the UK suggests needle phobia accounts for about 10% of Covid vaccine hesitancy. Read Adam’s story Covid vaccine and needle phobia: ‘It feels like the world is ending’ – BBC News

Overcoming your fear will take some time and practice, but it will make life less stressful and you will feel less anxious.

  • Don’t be ashamed of being scared of injections – you are not alone.
  • Tell health professionals about your worries.
  • Think about what helps.
  • Learn applied tension technique if you faint or feel very faint, or breathing for relaxation exercise if you feel panicky.
  • Overcome your fear one step at a time