Preparing for your COVID-19 vaccine
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.
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.
Preparing for your COVID-19 vaccine: A guide for adults (HelpinKids&Adults | University of Toronto | Immunize Canada)
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Preparing for your COVID-19 vaccine: A guide for older adults (HelpinKids&Adults | University of Toronto | Immunize Canada)
(PDF: 416 KB)