Covid vaccine: Needle-phobic call for vaccine exemption

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Charities and those with a phobia of needles have asked to be medically exempt from any Covid passport scheme, due to their difficulties with receiving Covid-19 vaccines.

Needle phobia causes an extreme fear of injections and in many cases anxiety around just seeing a needle.

Adam, 23, from Lincolnshire has anxiety and a phobia of needles and has tried twice to get a jab. He was encouraged to come forward after seeing a clinic offering extra support for those who need it.

A spokesperson from the Department of Health and Social Care said: “We recognise some people cannot have a vaccine for medical reasons and we are working to ensure they are not disadvantaged.”

If you have been affected by any of the issues in this film, you can find advice and support at bbc.co.uk/actionline.

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