Tips and strategies to prepare for a COVID vaccine

Have the person who will be receiving the vaccine:

  • Wear a short-sleeve shirt, layered with another shirt that’s easy to remove to provide access to the upper arm during the appointment.
  • Bring a toy, book, or electronic device to help keep your mind on something else.

Consider when to talk about an upcoming appointment, especially for people who may be uncomfortable with shots. If the person needs more time to prepare themselves, talk about it early.

Give children and other people who need support to get vaccinated the chance to ask questions. They can think about their questions for a doctor or nurse ahead of the appointment.

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