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Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine When You Have Medical PTSD

It’s a Tuesday afternoon and Walgreens has just begun distributing the COVID-19 vaccine. As a health care worker (licensed massage therapist) I qualify to receive it.

There is only one problem: I have medical trauma, and I know there is a strong chance my complex post-traumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD) symptoms will arise. So, I’m sitting with my laptop open for a few moments staring at the availability (I’m shocked to see appointments as soon as tomorrow) and weigh the options.

Could I get this vaccine? The last time I got a flu shot I had an anxiety attack. Do I want to potentially go through that again? Will I have a “trauma flare-up”? Will the provider be compassionate and understanding? The way I describe the flu shot experience, you’d

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