Doses of Hope, Round 2: My COVID-19 Vaccine Experience as a Black Journalist

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Doses of Hope, Round 2: My COVID-19 Vaccine Experience as a Black Journalist

On Friday, Apr 23rd at 2 p.m, I entered the Georgia International Convention Center feeling hopeful. 

It’d been three weeks since my first dose, and I assumed similar results this time around. 

I was led to the table where I would undergo a familiar process.

Afterward, I walked into a large ballroom full of vaccination tents and once my identity was confirmed, the nurse proceeded to prep my left shoulder. 

The shot was administered before I realized it. As required, I waited my fifteen minutes but felt a terrible soreness soon after. Although I wasn’t sore from my first shot, I didn’t pay it any mind since this can be common when receiving shots.

My arm... (Tierra Ola, author). Photo courtesy of Tavia Ola
Photo taken by Tierra Ola | Avant-Youth

The following day as I washed my face, I noticed that my skin had more pimples than usual. They covered most of my cheeks and itched badly.

While the day seemed like a regular Saturday, I started feeling very nauseous. At 12:30 p.m., I was freezing even though it was almost 80 degrees that day.

When I arrived home, I checked my temperature. Realizing that my temperature was 100 degrees, I suspected that the vaccine was the cause of feeling ill and took some Theraflu to improve my condition.

Despite trying to feel better, I noticed even more pimples all over my face the next day. 

Shocked, I broke down instantly and started sobbing. I felt that I looked like a monster.

Over the course of plenty of face masks and face-washing, due to concern over the drastic changes in my health I felt emotionally drained. 

 I started to question my decision and whether I should have listened to my family and friends who discouraged getting the vaccine. 

However, I knew that my body was just reacting to the shot, and that it would have to pass eventually. Moreover, getting it would be for the greater good. After two days, my side effects wore off one by one, and my health went back to normal.

Now that I am fully vaccinated and not experiencing any current symptoms, I feel a lot safer about going outside and stress less about spreading the disease to others. Aside from the side effects I experienced, I stand by my decision and still encourage others to get vaccinated, too. 

Individual cooperation would lead to a safer community for everyone [duh]. Along with consistently wearing masks and social distancing, vaccinations are here to help ensure our safety.

So think about it, take a second. 

Why wouldn’t you want to cooperate?

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Tierra Ola

Tierra Ola is a dedicated writer and journalist with a habit of preparing and collecting facts to deliver the truth. Whether she is blogging or reporting, Ola finds writing to be second nature and peaceful. Currently attending Georgia State University, she is majoring in Journalism and plans to obtain her Master’s degree by 2025. One of her biggest goals in Journalism is to write and create a documentary that will expose corruption and become a novelist at some point.


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