Anxiety can stem from fears about the vaccine’s safety, getting a shot, or not knowing or not having control over when it will be available. Here are some ways to manage vaccine anxiety:
- Stay informed and research credible sources. There is a lot of misinformation on the Internet about vaccinations in general. Be cautious about your sources for news and information. Up-to-date information about the COVID-19 vaccines, side effects, benefits, and answers to common and frequently asked questions are available on the CDC website.
- Follow recommended guidelines to keep yourself safe. Even when you’re vaccinated, take precautions to keep yourself and your family safe by wearing masks, maintaining social distance, and washing your hands frequently. Follow CDC guidelines regarding traveling, gatherings, and engaging in other activities that can spread the virus.
- Make self-care a priority and consistently practice ways to manage stress. Anxiety can result from feeling a lack of control and uncertainty, and the pandemic has been the perfect storm of both. Besides getting enough sleep, eating healthy foods, and exercising, make time every day for an activity you enjoy.