5 ways to cope with vaccinations

16 and 17 year olds are going to be offered the COVID-19 vaccination. If you're worried, scared or unsure then we've got advice to help.

Getting a vaccination can help keep you and everyone else safe. If you're worried about getting one, there are lots of things you can do:

  • Get information you can trust
    There’s lots of information online about vaccines, but not all of it’s true. Make sure you’re looking at trusted websites, like NHS or Newsround.
  • Find out what you need to do
    Your parents or carers will usually arrange your vaccinations, and you’ll be contacted if you’re eligible for the COVID-19 vaccinations. But you can also speak to your GP about them if you’re not sure.
  • Focus on your breathing
    If you’re getting anxious or stressed about going for a vaccination, focusing on your breathing can help you to calm down and feel more in control. The more you practise, the easier it can be.
  • Distract yourself while it’s happening
    If you’re scared of needles, there are ways to take your mind off it. Look away while it’s happening, play a game on your phone or try one of our ideas to distract yourself.
  • Take care of yourself afterwards
    Ask whether you might have any side effects after your vaccine, and check if there’s anything you should do. If it’s been difficult, remember to reward yourself for going through with it.

You can always ask questions if you’re not sure. After you’re done, you’ll be told if you need another vaccine later and what to do next.

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