Needle fear can make many people say no to coronavina vaccine

Up to ten percent of all Danes are so afraid of needles that they can opt out of a corona vaccine, the doctor estimates.

The tingling in the upper arm that comes with a vaccination can seem harmless to some. For others, fear of needles may lead to them not wanting to be vaccinated.

Up to every tenth Dane has such a violent fear of needles that it can make them say no to the new vaccines against corona.

This is the assessment of Søren Walther-Larsen, who is chief physician at Rigshospitalet’s ward for child pain.

– With the corona, the number is lower than with other connectors. The pain is perceived less because there are so many positive things, he says.

Needle fear is an intense fear of needles. It most often develops while you are a child.

In Denmark, needle fear has not been studied.

But up to 25 percent of Danes are thought to suffer from needle fear, according to Rigshospitalet, which refers to international research.

However, there is a difference between being afraid of needles – and being so afraid that you opt out of a vaccine, says Marianne Breds Geoffroy, PhD and specialist in psychiatry.

Researchers have studied several studies of fear of needles in connection with influenza vaccination. They showed that 16 percent said no to a vaccine because they were afraid of needles.

However, one can not completely compare a coronavina vaccine with the results, says Søren Walther-Larsen.

“Pain is a subjective thing in the brain, and more people will associate the corona vaccine with something good,” he says.

Ten percent, however, is a slightly too high figure, says Anders Beich, who is chairman of the Danish Society for General Medicine.

It is between five and ten percent, he estimates. But he acknowledges that there is a dark figure.

– All doctors know it. I have had people who fainted, he says.

The National Board of Health states that they have not encountered fear of needles as a reason to say no to a vaccine.

But many suffer from needle fear without knowing it, explains Marianne Breds Geoffroy

The board’s focus right now is to inform about the vaccine.

That is also fine, says Michael Bang Petersen, professor of political science at Aarhus University and researcher in our behavior and attitudes during the corona crisis.

But at some point, the fear of needles must be looked at, he emphasizes.

– If it has not been looked at this summer, then it is a mistake, and then there will be too many gaps in the vaccine program, says Michael Bang Petersen.

/ ritzau /

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