3D-Printed Vaccine Patch Now In Development — Needles No Longer Needed

By Griffin Davis

A new 3D vaccine patch is now being worked on by medical researchers so that patients would have a faster and more comfortable COVID-19 immunization experience.

Health workers dressed in personal protective equipment (PPE) handle a coronavirus test at a drive-thru testing station at Cummings Park on March 23, 2020 in Stamford, Connecticut. Availability of protective clothing for medical workers has become a major issue as COVID-19 cases surge throughout the United States. The Stamford site is run by Murphy Medical Associates.

As of the moment, all vaccines are administered using needles. Because of this, some individuals are hesitant to get their vaccine jabs because they are afraid of needles.

Severe cases involve an actual phobia of needles called trypanophobia. This condition makes a person have irrational, extreme fear or aversion to needles and blood.

To encourage more people to have COVID-19 vaccines, the University of North Carolina’s medical experts decided to work on 3D-printed vaccine patches to remove the use of needles and provide a painless vaccination experience.

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