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Getting the COVID shot is scary. But it also isn’t--it’s just a needle, right?


There have been a whole lot of different reasons that people are apprehensive to get vaccinated for the coronavirus. It’s new, rushed through the process of development at a speed that will settle as a feat for the history books. That quickness also leaves consumers with the fear of possible side-effects down the line. Personally, I am not a scientist and I won’t pretend to be. The extent to which anyone can assuage your fears will depend almost entirely on your trust in the science you have been presented with. 


However, that’s not the only reason people are afraid. Some people, plain and simple, don’t like being stuck with a needle. 


I’m one of those people. I’m a big baby. When you poke me with needles, I whimper and hold my arm for the next eternity like you’ve wounded me; but I also realize that, to a large extent, it’s just an inescapable reality of healthcare. 


Before I got my first COVID shot last week, I ended up talking about it with other students in one of my classes, who reassured me over and over that as shots go it is easy. My boyfriend told me that they use the “baby needles,” and I won’t even feel it. Fitting that he called it a baby needle. I didn’t really believe anyone, I just figured that I would tough it out and cry over it later.


To those who are apprehensive, I think you should know that they were all correct. It was easier than the flu shot. The shot itself was over and done in a few seconds. 


I was also a bit worried about side-effects, so I made sure to schedule mine on a Saturday. This ended up being a good choice because the next day I was feeling tired, which is normal, but a good thing to plan for anyways. 


So, if you are interested in getting a COVID shot but are holding off for fear of needles, my best advice is to just plan ahead. If you find that you’re a little braver on your own, then go alone. If you want moral support, bring a friend. There’s no shame in that. When I got my flu shot last semester, my boyfriend came with, and the nurse at Walgreens gave me Smarties for being so good. I had a friend pick me up to take me to get the COVID shot, but really, it ended up not being so bad. Additionally, if you can schedule your vaccine for a day where you know you won’t be busy afterwards, that seems to be ideal. That way, even if you aren’t feeling so well afterwards, you can rest. All said and done, I’m glad I opted to get the vaccine as I await my second dose in a couple weeks. 


The views expressed are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect those of The Torch.  

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