Indian Hills Community College nurse shares her experience getting the vaccine

Published: Feb. 18, 2021 at 12:00 AM CST
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - Indian Hills’ Nursing Instructor Sadie Monaghan has missed seeing her parents.

“We’ve kinda been staying away until we could all get vaccinated or until we all felt safe and well enough to see one another.”

She received her second dose of the Modern vaccine last Tuesday. Her motivation? Being part of the data to help further the vaccine…and for her family.

“Just to help the future of my children. [Having the vaccine is] not necessarily a feeling of invincibility, but more that I’m doing my part.”

Monaghan believes the medical field needs data about what works and what does. As a nurse, she says it’s her “drive, my duty to serve.”

As for getting the vaccine itself, it was administered by Wapello County Public Health.

She got the shot, waited for fifteen minutes for any immediate severe side effects (she didn’t see any), and was free to go.

The vaccine is given in groups of 10 due to a lack of preservatives. Monaghan says no one else had immediate side effects either.

However, side effects did come later.

By Wednesday, she had “minor body aches, and I say minor, but at the time I didn’t think they were minor. I did get a slight temperature...100.3 was as high as my temperature got.” She also had fatigue, saying she could have slept “16 hours”.

But she felt back to normal two days later, by that Thursday.

And now that she has the vaccine, she’s a step closer to getting together with her family again.

“It’s been a while, but at least you can see the light at the end of the tunnel.”

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