Now that the COVID-19 vaccine is here, a massive sense of relief and optimism abounds. Yet, along with the excitement over finally being able to dine inside a restaurant, the vaccine rollout has also sparked a wave of anxiety in many, as people grapple with the fear of the unknown.

Even if you know, deep down, that getting the vaccine is the right thing to do for your health and your community—you still might be feeling anxious about actually putting the shot in your arm. Here are three common concerns, and how to work through them.

I’m worried it’s not safe: It’s natural to fret that a new vaccine may have been rushed into use, but rest assured that all the vaccines in current use went through extensive testing, says Marsha B. Henderson, the former associate commissioner for women’s health at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). New computer modeling has allowed the numbers to be crunched much more quickly and efficiently than in the past, she explains.

To ease your fears, focus on the numbers, says Elana Miller, M.D., an integrative psychiatrist in Los Angeles who specializes in anxiety and trauma related to health. “We tend to overestimate the likelihood of our worst-case fears happening,” she says. In the case of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which was temporarily paused because 6 cases of a serious blood clot disorder were reported among more than 7 million people who got the shot, Miller points out those odds are about the same as being struck by lightning—twice. “Remember that you’re balancing that very, very small risk against your quality of life,” she says. The odds of dying from COVID-19—even if you’re young and healthy, are much higher, she points out.

I get freaked out around doctors—especially ones wielding needles: Whether you’ve had a bad experience with doctors and hospitals before, or you’re afraid of passing out at the sight of a syringe, there are ways you can reduce your vaccine anxiety. Schedule your vaccine at your local pharmacy rather than a large state-run site, and bring someone to hold your hand, says Miller. “If you’re under the care of a psychiatrist for anxiety,” she adds, “ask if there is something they can prescribe to get you through the day of the vaccine.”

I’ve heard the side effects can be terrible: It’s true that you can feel sick in the days after getting your vaccine—common side effects include a sore arm, fatigue, headaches, muscle pain, fever, nausea, and chills. But remember, it's usually no worse than a very short-lived cold or flu; and, in this case, there is a prize at the end of the ordeal—you’ll be protected from getting very sick from COVID-19, plus you’re contributing reaching the end of the pandemic. If you have young children, schedule your vaccine at a different time from your co-parent. “And make sure you don’t have anything important to do the next day,” says Miller.

Remember that conquering COVID-19 requires a community effort. "Everyone who gets vaccinated is contributing to the overall goal of herd immunity, and we're really all in this together,” says Miller. "The enemy is not each other, it's the virus."

Originally published on Happify Daily