COVID-19 Practice Guides and References

What is CARD™?

CARD™ (C - Comfort, A - Ask, R - Relax, D - Distract) is an evidence-based framework that teaches how to prepare for vaccination.

What are the benefits of CARD™?

  • It reduces stress-related reactions, including fear, pain, dizziness and fainting during vaccination.
  • It improves the vaccination experience for people receiving a vaccine and for those who support them, such as educators, parents and health care providers.
  • It teaches lifelong coping skills that can be used for other stressful situations.

 

How can YOU help?

  • Collaborate with all vaccination partners, such as school staff, parents and caregivers.
  • Reinforce learning and practice.
  • Remind people of vaccination day.
  • Support people’s choices for coping during vaccination.
  • Praise and celebrate people for actively participating in their health care.

 

For more information, see www.cardsystem.ca.

Immunize Canada, the University of Toronto (HELPinKids&Adults), and SickKids (AboutKidsHealth) have created resources to inform and equip educators, parents, and health care providers with evidence-based tools they can use to help people have a better vaccination experience at school or in a clinical setting.

Use CARD to improve your vaccination experience: QR code

Use CARD to improve your vaccination experience: QR code

CARD System handout for school-aged children: Coping with pain and fear around vaccination

CARD System handout for school-aged children: Coping with pain and fear around vaccination

CARD System activity for school-aged children: Coping with pain and fear around vaccination

CARD System activity for school-aged children: Coping with pain and fear around vaccination

CARD System poster: Coping with pain and fear around vaccination

CARD System poster: Coping with pain and fear around vaccination

CARD System poster for school-aged children: Coping with pain and fear around vaccination

CARD System poster for school-aged children: Coping with pain and fear around vaccination

A guide for parents and caregivers: Improving the vaccination experience

A guide for parents and caregivers: Improving the vaccination experience

Planning checklist for health care providers: Improving the vaccination experience

Planning checklist for health care providers: Improving the vaccination experience

A guide for health care providers: Improving the vaccination experience

A guide for health care providers: Improving the vaccination experience

Reducing pain with numbing cream for vaccination

Reducing pain with numbing cream for vaccination

Comfort positions: Improving the vaccination experience

Comfort positions: Improving the vaccination experience

 

 

Video | School vaccinations: What you need to know about vaccines at school

Video | School vaccinations: The CARD System: Play your power CARD

Improving the vaccination experience: A guide for school staff

Improving the vaccination experience: A guide for school staff

Improving the vaccination experience: Checklist for teachers

Improving the vaccination experience: Checklist for teachers

 

 

Parent video – School vaccinations: Improving the vaccination experience at school

Improving the vaccination experience for your patients: A guide for healthcare providers. HelpinKids&Adults | University of Toronto | Immunize Canada

Preparing for your COVID-19 vaccine: A guide for health care workers. HelpinKids&Adults | University of Toronto | Immunize Canada

Preparing for your COVID-19 vaccine: A guide for personal support workers. HelpinKids&Adults | University of Toronto | Immunize Canada

 

Caregiver Toolkit: A Caregiver’s Guide to Safeguarding School-aged Children’s Health through Vaccination. University of Toronto, Dalla Lana School of Public Health; McMaster University, Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine.

COVID-19 Vaccination information resources: Tool kit for health care providers. Public Health Agency of Canada.

Recommendations for Reducing Vaccine Pain in Adults. HELPinKids&Adults | University of Toronto | Immunize Canada.

Needle Fear: When It Gets in the Way. HELPinKids&Adults | University of Toronto | Immunize Canada.

Needle-Related Fainting: Why does it happen? What to do about it? HELPinKids&Adults | University of Toronto | Immunize Canada.


Last Updated: 01 December 2021