My child really hates getting needles. How can I convince them to get the vaccine?
For some people, needles are scary. The thought of getting a vaccine through a needle can
cause fear and anxiety, and for some it can cause mild pain.
It’s important to be supportive and to reassure children and youth that needles can cause some discomfort, but it doesn’t last long. It’s also important to focus on the benefits of getting the vaccine, including protecting themselves and others around them who might be vulnerable to getting very sick from COVID-19.
You can get some practical tips on how to address pain and use distraction to support your child through the process from Toronto SickKids Hospital’s AboutKidsHealth guide.