Needle phobia (or Trypanophobia) is a relatively common phobia affecting 3.5% to 10% of the population. With COVID-19 Vaccinations on the cards for most adults, this may be something that is causing you concern.

What you can do to help yourself

  • If you are concerned about fainting you can try a practice called applied tension technique. This helps your blood pressure to get back to normal. It is best to try doing this three times a day for up to a week before your vaccine appointment.
    • Find somewhere comfortable to sit down
    • Tense the muscles in your upper body, arms and legs for 15 to 20 seconds
    • Release the tension and relax your muscles for 20 to 30 seconds
    • Tense your muscles again; repeat this 5 times.
  • If you are concerned about having a panic attack (where your heart rate increases and your breathing speeds up) you can try a calming breathing technique.
    • Sit in a straight comfortable position with your back supported, and let your shoulders relax
    • Put one hand low on your stomach
    • Breathe in through your nose as slowly and as deeply as is comfortable for you
    • Pause for one second
    • Breathe out through your mouth, expelling all the air before taking another breath in through your nose
    • Try to lengthen your out breath, try counting 4 in, 1 pause, and 5 out or adjust this to what works best for you
    • Repeat this for 5 breaths
  • During your appointment it may help to do the following:
    • Focus your attention on something external to your body
    • Relax the muscles in the injection site; tense muscles can make injections more uncomfortable
    • Let the person know who is giving the vaccination that you have a needle phobia. This will allow them to help you relax
  • There are lots of organisations that provide free resources, information and advice online about how to manage needle phobia.

What I can do to help you

  • If you are finding it difficult to book your vaccination due to needle phobia then please contact me.
  • Please call or text me (07525 434244), and I would be happy to have a free 20-minute no obligation chat with you.
  • I offer remote sessions via Zoom, or telephone sessions to talk through your fears and how you can manage them to successfully receive your COVID-19 Vaccination.