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More than a year after COVID-19 sent the world into lockdown, safe and effective vaccines to protect against the virus are being administered across the world. In addition to reducing your risk for infection, mass vaccination is also the first step towards achieving herd immunity.

For many of us, waiting for things to get back to “normal” is the hardest part, but for others this experience is far more than just a tiny prick. If the thought of needles makes you dizzy, then getting vaccinated can become another source of stress and anxiety. About one in four adults report that they’re afraid of needles. Here’s what you need to know about having a fear of needles and what can be done to manage it.