Autism NZ launches ‘Vaximate’

February 28, 2022

Autism New Zealand has launched an online tool that supports autistic people looking to get COVID-19 vaccinations. 

Autism New Zealand Chief Executive Dane Dougan says Vaximate, a series of digital guides, takes people through the process so they feel comfortable. 

“Two of the most common reasons we hear that autistic people are resistant to getting a vaccination are needle phobia and having to navigate an unfamiliar environment. 

Routine is a key coping mechanism; knowing what’s going to happen ahead of time helps people to navigate the ‘everyday’ and to feel safe.”

Vaximate is found on Autism New Zealand’s Facebook (click on the profile picture) and Instagram (click on the stories) and includes videos and step-by-step guides – on everything from making appointments to what to expect afterwards. Vaximate also has tips on how to stay calm.

Caption: Photograph by Towfiqu Barbhuiya on Unsplash

 

This story was published in Strong Voices. The magazine is posted free to all IHC members. Read the full issue of Strong Voices or view more articles.