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Published on January 21, 2021

From our frontline: How they felt after the COVID-19 vaccination

No vaccine is without side effects as your body builds protection against viruses.

Here's how a few of our staff felt afterward:

Megan Heinlein, MD, Obstetrics and Gynecology

I was so excited to receive the COVID vaccine. I am pregnant and I had done extensive research in order to decide if getting the COVID vaccine was safe. I concluded that the vaccine was much safer than getting COVID for me and my unborn baby. After the first dose I had a mildly sore arm, but no other symptoms. After the second dose, I was quite fatigued the day after. These minor side effects were totally worth it in order to protect myself, my family, and my patients. The vaccine offers us a light at the end of the tunnel and, for the first time in a long time, I am feeling hopeful that this pandemic will come to an end.

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Elizabeth Cogbill, MD, Geriatrics and Internal Medicine

The first dose was uneventful and completely without side effects except for mild arm soreness at the injection site. The second dose itself was fine, but about 24 hours later I experienced mild chills, fatigue, and a sense of simply not feeling well. This lasted less than 24 hours and subsided abruptly.

I know that the vaccine is safe and that side effects are most often an expected reaction that indicate an immune system response. So even though I didn't feel at my best for about 24 hours, it was gratitude for the vaccine and for my healthy body that I felt.

Ricardo Rivera, NP, Emergency Medicine

I am humbled and fortunate to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as I realize not everyone gets a timely opportunity to do so. The side effects I experienced were minimal - a little soreness at the injection site and maybe a slight headache, but nothing unusual or sustained. I am ultimately grateful and feel like it is beneficial for me, my patients, my friends and colleagues and my family.

Katie Cramer, RN, Critical Care

I had a mild headache the day after my first dose that subsided with Tylenol. I had moderate dizziness the day of my second dose that subsided on its own later that evening. I didn't experience muscle soreness, body aches, fevers, chills, etc., after either. I was extremely grateful for the opportunity to be part of the solution to this pandemic and incredibly proud to work for an organization protecting their highest risk staff members. Working in the ICU and COVID-19 ICU has been an experience of a lifetime, and now I can continue my nursing journey better protected from the virus.

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