Fingers crossed, years from now, the Covid-19 pandemic will be history and your kids’ kids might want to know what it was like to be a child or young teen during it and having to get vaccinated – needles being something many of the younger set tend to fear and detest even more than grown-ups. To relate my own experience with what was probably the polio vaccine (as told to me by my mother, since I was a mere infant and don’t personally have any recollection of this), a neighbour’s child two or three years older than me made quite a to-do about getting her jab, and her mother pointed to me and said, “Look, that little baby over there isn’t crying and carrying on like you are.” Of course not. I didn’t know what was coming. She did. In later years, I was not nearly as blasé.
A lot of kids who will grow up to relate vaccination tales to their own offspring won’t be either, so to assist parents and teachers in the here and now: some tips for helping the especially apprehensive through it.