Local describes COVID-19 vaccination experience
BY DENNY SCOTT
Shelley Kroes rolled up her sleeve for the COVID-19 vaccine recently, receiving the first of two doses so she could safely continue her part-time position at Nine Mile Villa in Lucknow.
Kroes works for The Citizen’s parent company, North Huron Publishing, as a sales representative for The Rural Voice. She received a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine late last month and said that the process was fairly painless, with the only adverse reaction being a sore shoulder afterwards.
“It was quick,” she said in an interview with The Citizen. “Usually, with needles, I look the other way so I don’t know when I’m going to get it, but [the nurse] had to tell me she was done.”
Kroes said that seemed to be the consensus at the private retirement home, as most of the residents said they didn’t even feel the injection and suffered even less pain than Kroes did. “It’s a smaller dosage than the flu shot,” Kroes said, “so it’s less to inject and quicker.”
She said the worst part of the entire process was having to stop herself from rolling on to her shoulder when sleeping the night after she received the shot, but within 24 hours that pain was gone.
Kroes said she had to fill out a form prior to the vaccine, which asked several screening questions and required health card information. She added that the form also served as a consent form for the vaccine.
While she has no specific date yet, she said her second dose should happen in mid- to late-March.
Kroes was provided with a vaccine aftercare sheet by the Grey-Bruce Health Unit, which listed both what she could expect the day of the shot and what kind of side effects she may experience.
The sheet said that common side effects include pain at the injection site, redness, swelling, tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, joint pain and fever. The sheet also said that pain or fever medication can be taken to help combat the side effects.
The sheet also stated that longer observation times may be encouraged after receiving the shot due to potential vaccine allergies, and that fainting or allergic reactions can occur, though they are uncommon.
After the injection, Kroes said she was encouraged to continue wearing a mask and practise social distancing as well as avoiding contact with people outside her household.