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Pen Bay workers say vaccine is safe

By Christine Simmonds | Jan 07, 2021
Photo by: Christine Simmonds From left, Elizabeth Breen and Erica Robishaw both got their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in late December.

Three Pen Bay Medical Center employees said their experience with the COVID-19 vaccine was safe and simple.

Elizabeth Breen, Erica Robishaw and Bill MacFee received their first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in late December at the hospital. “It was very simple and organized,” Breen said.

The process was similar to any other vaccination, Robishaw said. The three employees registered online and arrived for their appointments.

“They made you feel extremely comfortable,” MacFee said.

Once the vaccine was administered, they were monitored for 15 minutes for any immediate side effects. Hospital staff then scheduled their second dose of the medicine.

While Robishaw knows one nurse who had a headache as a side effect, both she and Breen experienced only a sore arm the next day. MacFee did not experience any side effects from the shot.

Breen is a registered nurse and lactation consultant in the obstetrics unit. Robishaw is a registered nurse in the surgical unit.

MacFee is the manager for patient access for the Coastal Healthcare Alliance.

All three said they had no reservations about getting the vaccination and trust the science behind it. “I think some people have a hard time with any vaccine, but it does eradicate illnesses,” Robishaw said.

Once Breen, MacFee and Robishaw receive their second dose, they will still have to continue the precautions of social distancing and wearing masks. The vaccination will decrease their chances of catching or transmitting the virus by more than 90%, though.

Emergency medical staff and hospital workers were the first to receive the vaccine. At this point it is unclear when the vaccine will be available to the general public.

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