Vaccine Voices: Community health nurse shares her why

“To protect my family, patients, and people around me” was why Joanna De Matias got her vaccine at her clinic along with her coworkers. The only side effect she felt was a sore arm an hour after getting the shot. She said, “I feel great otherwise!”

Ms. De Matias shared: “I’m a community health nurse for Multnomah County and I’ve been doing COVID testing almost every day for about six months now. I’ve seen many patients struggle with the symptoms.”

“I understand the anxiety that getting a brand new vaccine brings. I had my doubts too. However, I believe in the science of vaccinations and did my research on the vaccine with reputable sources. The pros definitely outweigh the cons. I urge everyone to get the correct facts and do your research with credible resources, not something you came across on Facebook or conspiracy theories. Talk to your doctor about your concerns.”

This article first appeared in the Jan. 27, 2021 issue of Oregon Coronavirus Update.