With half-term approaching (week commencing 14 February), COVID vaccination centres across Hertfordshire are running ‘Relax and Vax’ sessions to help young people who are nervous about having the vaccine to get protected from the virus.
Specially trained vaccinators will be on hand to help young people overcome worries like a fear of needles or other concerns. Friendly vaccinators will be available for a chat about the vaccine, using simple and clinically effective relaxation techniques to help reduce tension and support them through the process.
Relax and Vax sessions are aimed at 12 to 18-year-olds for the half-term break but are open to anyone who needs extra support to get their vaccination. Children aged 12-15 need to be accompanied by a consenting parent or carer. On arrival people just need to mention they’re nervous and the staff will make adjustments to ensure they’re given plenty of time and support.
Relax and Vax sessions are available in or near North Herts as follows:
|15 Feb||12pm -3.30pm|
|16 Feb||3pm -7.30pm|
|18 Feb||12pm -3.30pm|
|14 Feb||12pm -3.30pm|
|17 Feb||12pm -3.30pm|
|18 Feb||3pm -7.30pm|
Vaccination centres across Herts have received countless positive reports from people who were worried about having the vaccine at first, but with extra support felt comfortable and reassured to have their jabs.
Ali, whose child was vaccinated in Stevenage said: “Thank you to all your staff at Robertson House vaccination centre today… child vaccinated with humour, kindness and compassion.”
Ella, age 22 from Walkern, said: “I was very nervous about getting the vaccine because I don’t like needles, but the nurses really helped me. I was taken to the side where I could lay down to have the vaccination and they were really reassuring. If I can do it, anyone can!”
Please note, people aged 18 and under must wait 12 weeks after a positive COVID-19 test before having the vaccine. Anyone 18+ needs to wait 28 days.