The COVID-19 vaccine is now approved for children aged 5-11 in Canada. With this news, many parents may be wondering how to talk to their child about the vaccine, as well as how to help children who may be fearful or anxious about getting needles. Luckily, there are many evidence-based strategies to help manage needle pain and fear children may experience.
Talking to your child about the COVID-19 Vaccine:
- Read these tips on talking to your child about the COVID-19 vaccine in simple and reassuring terms. This resource also includes some suggestions for answering common questions children might have, like how vaccines work, and if they're safe.
Helping Children who may be fearful or anxious about getting needles:
- Listen to this podcast episode by Pandemic Parenting, which covers the following questions:
- How can we best prepare our children for receiving vaccines?
- What should I do if I or my child is afraid of needles?
- What strategies can we use to reduce the pain from shots?
- How do parents’ emotions and anxieties about needles impact their children?
- Watch this 2 minute video for tips and strategies for reducing distress and fear in young children getting a needle: It Doesn’t Have to Hurt
- Check out these tips from Immunize BC on having a more positive vaccination experience:
- Print this colouring page about a COVID-19 vaccine superhero!