Vaccine Voices: Definitely worth a few days of feeling under the weather

Dr. Jessica Hart, a psychologist resident at Northwest Forensic Institute, got both of her vaccines at the Oregon State Fairgrounds. She shared her vaccination experience with us:

When asked why getting the vaccine was important to her, Dr. Hart told us, “to protect myself, my family, my coworkers, and the individuals we evaluate through work.”

I was vaccinated at the Oregon State Fairgrounds through Salem Health. The first dose required several hours of standing in line, but I was able to make an appointment for my second dose and received the shot within 10 minutes! I had minimal side effects the first time (mostly body aches) and moderate side effects after the second dose (body aches, fatigue, headache, foggy brain).  

A few days of feeling under the weather was definitely worth getting immunized against COVID and starting to get life back to normal though!

Share your vaccine story with us, either in English or Spanish, or use the hashtags #MyVaccineReason or #MiVozMiVacuna to talk about your vaccine experience on your own social media channels. As we learn more about when and where vaccinations are available, information will continue to be posted at and  

This article first appeared in the April 6, 2021 issue of Oregon Coronavirus Update.