It’s a wonderfully welcome sight: pictures of people who have had their Covid vaccinations. But I’m afraid I can’t partake of the joy.
In fact, I can hardly look at one without shuddering as a mixture of panic and nausea overwhelms me. It’s not that I don’t support the vaccination plan – on the contrary.
As a science journalist, I know how safe and effective the shocks are. There’s only one problem: I can’t stand needles.
The last time I was bumped by one about five years ago during a blood test, I had to lie down and almost pass out.
I know it sounds melodramatic, but I am far from being alone. One in ten of the population suffers from needle phobia to some extent.
Mild phobics flinch or look away at the sight of a needle and make a fuss, but can still get a bump.
It’s a wonderfully welcome sight: pictures of people who have had their Covid vaccinations. But I’m afraid I cannot partake of the joy, writes BECKY MCCALL