ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Does the idea of getting a shot or a vaccine make you nervous? With the help of some furry friends, the Valley View Vaccination Center is planning to provide a special kind therapy for patients of all ages.

The Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts say there will be opportunities for pet therapy visits twice a week through the month of December at the Valley View Vaccination Center.

The volunteers at TheraPets of the Roanoke Valley, Inc are set to be at the vaccination center from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays to help community members get vaccinated.

“Animal-assisted therapy has been shown to lower anxiety, reduce blood pressure and increase relaxation,” the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts wrote on Facebook. “Animal therapy volunteers have been specially trained and screened to participate in healthcare settings. Children with needle anxiety show particular benefits at vaccinations thanks to animal-assisted therapy.”

Even though walk-ins are welcome at the vaccination center, you can speed up your check-in process and guarantee there will be a dose available for you by pre-registering for an appointment online.

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