How frontline staff reacted to first dose of COVID-19 vaccine

Vaccine, Frontline workers, health workers
COVID-19 vaccines were first issued to frontline workers in Kerala, but things did not go as expected, with government failing on several counts | Image - Immayabharathi K

Reji Shaji, head of the surgical ward in a private hospital in Kannur, took her first dose of Covishield, the vaccine by Oxford-AstraZeneca on January 31.

“We were very tense. Those who had taken it before us had shown mild symptoms of fever and body pain. So we had already popped a Dolo-650, before getting the shot,” she says.

“Some of my colleagues who had night duty on the same day of the vaccination had taken leave in advance. Some adjusted their shifts with their friends. The unlucky ones who had no option but report to duty the same day of their vaccination had a terrible time.”

Reji was one of the unlucky ones.

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