Vaccine Voices: ‘An extra layer of protection’

Erin Johns, a respiratory therapist in Gresham, shares her feelings about receiving the COVID-19 vaccine:

Erin Johns wearing a facemask

“I was so excited for the opportunity to get vaccinated. I’ve seen COVID destroy lives, and the stress of potentially bringing it home has put a toll on my mental health. Getting the vaccine has given me an invisible superpower and an extra layer of protection to keep myself and family safe. I know people are reluctant to get the vaccine because of the possible side effects, but the benefits totally outweigh the risks, and it’s the only way we can start getting our lives back.”

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This article first appeared in the Feb. 11, 2021 issue of Oregon Coronavirus Update.