London Covid: What vaccine volunteers have seen young people doing to stop arm pain – but it doesn’t work

London vaccinators have been debunking a TikTok trend that had young people swinging their arms like windmills in the waiting area.

One vaccinator, working at a Croydon centre, says part of the job is myth-busting and giving people sound advice on the Covid-19 vaccine.

At one point young people could be found swinging their arms around like windmills after getting jabbed.

It came after they had seen on a TikTok video that it would reduce pain.

Vaccine centre worker Carmel Keane said: “We’ve got populations of young people who will listen to TikTok.

“They were waiting and swinging their arms, they said they had seen it on TikTok.”

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But in June, Beate Kampmann, professor of paediatric infection and immunity and director of the vaccine centre at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, told The Guardian this would not help with arm pain.

She told the newspaper: “It’s harmless, looks very silly and won’t do anything.

“The sore arm does not actually happen immediately as the immune response has not yet happened, and not everyone gets it either.

“Let people wave their arms if it makes anyone feel better – it really is a tiny, quick injection on the day.”

Carmel said that instead of turning to TikTok for advice there are plenty of people on hand at the vaccine centre to answer questions about the jab.

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She said people often come in unsure about whether to have it but can be given the information to go away and think about it some more.

In July, the NHS group which runs vaccination sites in South West London made nurses, pharmacists and other clinical staff available to answer questions about the vaccine with no pressure to get a jab.

At the time, Trudy De Cordova, from the vaccination centre at Centrale in Croydon, said: “We have created a warm and friendly environment in our Croydon vaccination centre and that atmosphere applies to all the sites.

“So if you are unsure about having your vaccine, just ask us. We are happy to answer any questions you may have and there’s no pressure on you.”

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