As the COVID-19 vaccine is distributed to more people, some frontline workers are opening up about their experience getting the shots.

Dr. Laurie Kilbury Taylor is employed by the United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia.

She received her second dose of the vaccine just last week, from which the FDA says people have reported experiencing additional side effects.

Dr. Taylor says she felt slight pain in her arm and body aches a few hours after getting receiving the shot, but those symptoms went away.

This is her message to people still debating about getting the vaccine:

“The discomfort you feel from a vaccine is nothing compared to actually getting the coronavirus,” Dr. Taylor said. “If I can prevent myself or a family member from getting very, very ill, just by having a little discomfort, it’s well worth it.”

Dr. Taylor believes if more people get the vaccine we could slow and potentially stop the spread of the virus and return to a state of normalcy.

From the CDC Website:

COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you from getting COVID-19. You may have some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. These side effects may affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days.

Common side effects

In the area of the shot:

  • Pain
  • Swelling

Other possible side effects:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Tiredness
  • Headache
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