Managing vaccine anxiety

If a resident is anxious about having the vaccine, or has a needle phobia, there are things that you can do to help:

  • Create a calm environment where the person feels safe and comfortable
  • Avoid environmental triggers and keep distraction to a minimum, i.e. noise, glare, background distraction
  • Communicate clearly and offer reassurance and support
  • Explain the process and respond to questions
  • Provide a personalised approach
  • Use visual prompt cards and information leaflets
  • Choose a time and place that suits them
  • Engage family – they can be virtually present via video/telephone


Techniques to manage needle phobia



Resources to help manage needle phobia