Here’s How To Prevent Fainting While Getting COVID-19 Vaccine

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Getting the COVID-19 vaccine may be daunting to those who are scared of needles. Dr. Lisa Smith, Director of Anxiety and Related Disorders (CARD) at Boston University, said this type of reaction isn’t unusual.

Fainting is caused when your blood pressure drops, but there is a way to prevent it from happening.

“You want to tense your body and the big muscle groups in your body,” Smith said. “So, you want to really tense your legs, tense your core, and that will drive your blood pressure back up and that will prevent the fainting.”

Smith urged people to not feel shame or embarrassment. She said this is a reflex and there is a reason everyone sits down to get a shot.

WBZ NewsRadio's Karyn Regal (@Karynregal) reports

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