Brittany Dorris, a fifth-grade teacher in the Bethel School District in Eugene, shares her story:
I received both doses of the Moderna vaccine at a vaccination clinic held at Lane Community College. The opportunity was provided to me by my school district to help vaccinate our school staff before the return to in-person instruction. I scheduled my appointment easily online, and when the day arrived on Feb. 5, the clinic was very organized and efficient. Everyone was kind and clear, and it was so exciting to see folks, educators and seniors, from across the regions getting their doses. The first dose was a breeze and I felt no side effects. Dose two came with some fatigue and aches on the second day, but a day of rest and I was back at it! I am so grateful to all the medical staff and volunteers who pulled off this large-scale vaccination clinic with the utmost care and safety. Vaccination is important to me to help protect my family, my students and their families, and myself from furthering the spread of Covid-19. It is important to me to model for my students a basis in science and protecting our community.
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This article first appeared in the April 1, 2021 issue of Oregon Coronavirus Update.