Therapy dogs lend a paw at vaccine clinics

August 17, 2021

Are you delaying or avoiding getting your COVID-19 vaccine because of anxiety or fear about needles?

Therapy dogs have been on hand at many clinics recently. They help alleviate stress and provide emotional support for people who are nervous about getting their shot.

“Our therapy dogs visit a variety of health-care facilities in the province and have proven to be a calming and positive presence for those experiencing stress or anxiety," says Ty Spear with St. John Ambulance BC/Yukon.

“When our therapy dogs are on-site, a moment of joy with them goes a long way to soothe the nerves. Our whole team is excited to provide support to B.C.'s vaccine efforts.” 

All of our immunizers are trained and can help you get your vaccine safely and easily. 

Tips for a good experience when getting your vaccine:

  • Let your immunizer know that you experience stress or anxiety with needles or injections.
  • Your immunizer can help you find a comfortable position. If you have a history of fainting or are worried about fainting, you can receive your vaccine laying down.
  • If you are more comfortable sitting up, your immunizer can help you focus on breathing and distracting exercises, or you can have a conversation.
  • You can bring your own distractions, like music, videos, or reading materials.

How to get vaccinated

Get your first or second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by visiting an Interior Health vaccine clinic.

To make an appointment, register online at:, call 1‑833‑838‑2323, or visit a Service BC office listed here, and then book an appointment.



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