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.

Use CARD to improve your vaccination experience: QR code

Use CARD to improve your vaccination experience: QR code

Improving the vaccination experience: What parents and caregivers can say

CARD - Improving the vaccination experience: What parents and caregivers can say

Improving the vaccination experience: What parents and caregivers can do

CARD - Improving the vaccination experience: What parents and caregivers can do

Improving the vaccination experience: How parents and caregivers can act

CARD - Improving the vaccination experience: How parents and caregivers can act

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

A guide for parents and caregivers: Improving the vaccination experience

A guide for parents and caregivers: 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

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

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

(PDF: 397 KB)

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

(PDF: 416 KB)

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

(PDF: 482 KB)

Preparing for your COVID-19 vaccine: A guide for Canadian Muslims (Canadian Muslim COVID-19 Task Force | University of Toronto | Immunize Canada | HelpinKids&Adults)

(PDF: 401 KB)

Preparing for your COVID-19 vaccine: Guide for Canadian Muslims

 

 


Last Updated: 06 January 2022