Vol. II No. 01 1/1/2021
Ice floes at Lily Brook.
My COVID Vaccination
by Rae Williams
As a frontline worker at Fairview Hospital, the buzz around actually receiving the vaccine began in early December. It became a reality on Tuesday, December 16th at 11:46 AM when my phone dinged with a group text to me and 59 of my co-workers from my Nurse Manager. It was to notify us that the first round of vaccinations was being administered on the 17th, 18th and 19th of December. The responses were fast and furious with each of us picking a time slot. It was not mandated that we receive the vaccine.
With much excitement, I shared the news with my husband, kids, siblings and Dr. Kenny. My appointment was scheduled for the 19th at 12:30 during my shift. Full disclosure, I am not a fan of needles. No problem administering, but I am definitely not a fan of receiving. I walked down to the Andrews House to arrive ten minutes early as instructed. There, about 15 fellow employees were at various stations. I did my initial screening and was given my vaccination card that listed my next scheduled appointment in three weeks. With sweating hands, I moved to the next station. Right in front of me, on a big screen TV, was an image of a fireplace with logs beautifully burning and Christmas music playing in the background. The atmosphere was festive. The excitement palpable. I received my vaccination and then entered the observation room. There, socially distanced, we had to stay for 15 minutes to be monitored. We were given information on how to register in the CDC V-Safe site. Walking up the hill to return to my shift, I was overwhelmed with emotions. I felt pride in being a part of BHS which so professionally, proficiently and efficiently organized the process. I felt empowered that I was doing my part to protect myself, my family, my patients and my community. At 2:30, sitting at my desk, I received my first V-safe check-in via text message.
I did not feel the injection at all. On Saturday my right arm was mildly sore. I took some Motrin and went about my day. My mantra is now "I am Vaccinated!" What's your superpower?
Editor's note: Rae Williams is an RN at Fairview Hospital and a member of the Stockbridge Board of Health