The novel idea helping people with needle fears to get the COVID-19 jab
Virtual reality programs are helping people with extreme needle fear to get their COVID-19 vaccines.
VR headsets are showing frightened people virtual experiences from diving underwater to kitten daycare while they receive the jab.
Paediatric doctor Evelyn Chan and respiratory physician Paul Leong came up with the idea in 2019, and founded Smileyscope, which makes the headsets.
The headsets have been leased to COVID-19 vaccine hubs at Frankston and the Royal Exhibition Building, and Monash Health has purchased three sets which are being used at Clayton Hospital and Sandown Racecourse.
Dr Chan says a severe fear of needles is very common.
“It’s about 15 per cent of adults and about half of children or teenagers,” she told Ross and Russel.
“VR really immerses you into the experience … particularly with vaccine clinic where it can be really busy, there’s quite a few stressed people, it can be a really supportive tool for people.”
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