ATAGI has provided guidance regarding the use of sedation in individuals with anxiety disorders, needle phobia or behavioural disorders, to assist vaccine providers in delivering COVID-19 vaccines.

The advice outlines:

  • indications for sedation
  • safety implications of delivering vaccines under sedation
  • procedural sedation guidelines
  • post-vaccination observation recommendations
  • opportunistic vaccination during sedation for an unrelated procedure

To read the ATAGI recommendations in full, please click on the link below:
ATAGI advice on use of sedation for COVID-19 vaccination

For further information on strategies to manage needle phobia and immunisation, including sedation, please click on the link below:
MVEC: Needle phobia