IOWA CITY, Iowa – The vaccine arrived at the University of Iowa Hospital at 7:30 a.m. in a refrigerated FedEx truck, and it wasn’t long before the first dose was injected into her arm. David Conway, 39, emergency room nurse. .
“I’m not nervous, I’m very excited,” he said afterwards. “I have been looking forward to the vaccine since March.”
Mr Conway, who works directly with Covid-19 patients, said the shot was painless, but got it at the start of a few days off, just in case there were any side effects in the short run. term. Some clinical trial beneficiaries have reported feeling ill for a day or two and Mr Conway is not due to return to work until Saturday.
“I can’t wait for my wife and children to get the vaccine,” he said.
The hospital plans to vaccinate 130 people on Monday and continue until it has used the 975 doses in the consignment, according to the hospital’s general manager, Suresh Gunasekaran. Each recipient is then observed for 15 minutes to monitor for allergic reactions.
Gunasekaran said the hospital eventually wanted to vaccinate its 17,000 employees, but was not sure when its next shipment will arrive from Pfizer. When a similar Moderna vaccine is cleared, he said, the hospital expects to have access to many more doses.
Mr Conway wore street clothes, a plastic mask and face shield, and said getting shot was not a reason to stop wearing a mask, washing your hands frequently or maintaining social distance. “I won’t do anything different until everyone is vaccinated,” he said.