How can I beat my needle phobia in time for my Covid jab?

DEAR DEIDRE: THE last time I had an injection I almost fainted – I’m absolutely terrified of needles. But now I’ve been called for my Covid vaccination.

I am a 40-year-old guy and work as a teaching assistant in a school, so the jab is vital.

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But I keep hearing people have become really ill after having it – or even died.

My first invitation text came last week and so far I’ve ignored it. It made me feel sick with anxiety.

I know I’m being irrational, and getting Covid is much scarier, but I don’t think I can go through with it.

What if some of the scare stories are true? How can I get over my needle phobia?

DEIDRE SAYS: There is a lot of misinformation circulating about the Covid vaccine, but all the scientific evidence shows it’s safe. It is far riskier not to have it.

Yes, it does have brief side-effects – but they are generally very mild. Millions of people have now had the jab, without problems.

Please talk to your doctor, who can help to reassure you. For help overcoming phobias, read my support pack, Fears And Phobias.

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