New tools to reduce COVID-19 vaccination anxiety

What are social scripts, and how can they help?

Social scripts are story-based strategies using images and descriptions to explain new experiences and social environments to autistic people. Social scripts often include very specific and illustrated information about what an autistic person can expect.

While the social scripts have been developed for autistic people, anyone who is feeling anxious about the process of getting a COVID-19 vaccination can use and benefit from the resources.

How to use the COVID-19 vaccination social scripts

Despite every vaccination centre location and GP clinic is different, the script’s contents can be applied to any situation where someone is receiving a COVID-19 vaccination, as the process is consistent across Australia.

If you need more advice… 

Contact the Autism Connect national autism helpline by calling 1300 308 699email them, or by use the webchat on their website.  

Autism Connect is available 8 am – 7 pm, Monday to Friday. 

Some tips for using the social scripts are:

  • Download the social scripts and the vaccination questions below prior to your appointment.
  • Either save the scripts to your phone where you have easy access or print them out to refer to on the day.
  • Review the instructions in the lead up to the vaccination until you feel comfortable with the process.
  • Download and read the Preparing for COVID-19 vaccination document below. This document provides a list of ten questions you will need to answer before getting a COVID-19 vaccination. You might find it easier to fill these in at home and bring them with you.
  • Consider letting the health professional giving you the vaccination know you have prepared for the vaccination by using a social script.

Download the social scripts and preparation questions

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