Many of our members in health and community services are among those to be receiving their Covid-19 vaccine as the rollout continues across Aotearoa.
We asked two PSA members why they decided to get vaccinated and what it was like.
Nia Bartley’s main reason for getting the vaccine was to protect her partner, family, friends, the community – and herself.
“Take the opportunity. Just do it. Don’t overthink. If not for yourself – do it for your loved ones, your family and friends,” says the Capital & Coast DHB delegate.
Nia was a bit skeptical at first because the vaccine seemed to have been developed so quickly.
“But seeing all the distressing images of the impact of Covid overseas made me realise it would be irresponsible for me not to take the opportunity to get the vaccine when so many around the world don’t have the choice.”
Nia did experience a few side effects like a sore arm and feeling a bit wiped out for a day or two. But overall, she is glad she got vaccinated against Covid-19 because she feels she is doing her bit to help look after others in her life and community.
As a social worker in the community, Jan Hughes also felt a responsibility to get vaccinated.
“I’m a social worker on the front line and the last thing I want to do is spread Covid-19 amongst the community,” the Dunedin-based social worker says.
“I really value vaccination, particularly when I think about the effects of previous epidemics such as polio which caused a lot of disability and deaths in the past.”
Jan had a good experience with her vaccination. “For me it was very quick and easy. The vaccinator provided me with a good information sheet and I had the chance to ask any questions before getting vaccinated.
“With the first dose I had a slight headache over the weekend. With the second one, I felt very tired the night of the vaccination but was good as gold the next day,” Jan adds.
“I’m glad I now have that extra protective factor against Covid-19 for myself, my family, friends and the community, especially with more travel happening now between New Zealand and Australia.”
We thank our many members who have been involved in rolling out the vaccine, for helping us to protect ourselves, our whānau, kaumātua and the wider community.
For more information go to www.health.govt.nz/covid-19-vaccines
Nā Briar Edmonds
Main image: PSA delegate Nia Bartley and vaccinator Vince Costa
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