There isn’t a dress code for COVID-19 vaccination clinics, but ask a vaccinator and chances are they will have stories about people who have turned up to get their dose and they’re not wearing ideal clothes. How can that be?
It’s not all the time someone requires access to your upper arm, but this is where you will receive your dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. It’s important for vaccinators to see your whole arm – literally from the bony part at the top of the shoulder right down to the elbow.
This is important so that they can see the whole of your deltoid muscle to make sure you get the vaccine in the right place.
So on the day of your appointment, we suggest:
Vaccinators will tell you that to feel the least from the needle is to ensure your muscle is nice and relaxed. They have little tricks and will prompt you at the time to make sure your arm is in a good position for this.
Of course, it helps if you are feeling good too and not nervous. It’s very common for people to dislike needles. If this is you, read this article for some quick tips to help you deal with this and come out of your vaccination smiling.