If you are someone who suffers from anxiety in medical situations, then the idea of getting the COVID-19 vaccine may feel a little scary and overwhelming. However, if you and your doctor have decided that getting the vaccine is the best choice for your health, then you're going to have to find a way to battle your anxiety and get the shot. Here are some tips that can help you through that process.
Ask your doctor any questions you have about the vaccine.
There's a lot of misinformation out there about the COVID-19 vaccine. As such, Googling any questions you have about the COVID-19 shot may not be a great choice. If you find inaccurate or contradictory information, that might only serve to make your anxiety worse. At the same time, however, getting your questions answered can help you feel calm and assured as your vaccine slot approaches. So, turn to your doctor with your questions. They are a dependable source of good information, and you can count on the information they're giving you to be helpful and accurate. Most doctors will be happy to talk with you over the phone about your COVID-19 vaccine concerns, although you might have to schedule the call beforehand.
Get the shot somewhere quiet.
If you struggle with medical anxiety, then you probably don't want to get your shot somewhere loud and chaotic. It's a better idea to get the shot in a quiet, calm location such as a pharmacy or your own doctor's office. If possible, you may want to let the location know in advance that you have anxiety related to the shot. They can make reasonable accommodations for you. For example, a pharmacy may make sure they bring you back into a quiet area instead of vaccinating you in the busy store.
Bring a reassuring friend with you.
Do you have a friend or family member who always seems to have a good sense about things, and who often helps you feel calm and collected? Bring this person with you to your vaccine appointment. Most doctors and pharmacists will allow you to bring someone in with you if you explain why their presence is needed. Your friend can distract you while you're being given the shot and help you feel more comfortable with what's happening.
Getting the COVID-19 vaccine is a wise decision, even if doing so brings up some anxious feelings. Follow the tips above for the best results.
Contact your healthcare provider with any questions you have about the COVID-19 vaccine.