Metro Detroit frontline workers share their reasons for getting COVID vaccine
Doctors, nurses and dispatchers have all seen this over the past year. You’ve seen a bit of everything – some ups and downs.
Local 4 has now reached out to the frontline staff as the vaccination effort is underway.
“As a nurse and even a paramedic, I had never seen anything like it,” said Imana Minard, director of nursing at Beaumont Hospital in Farmington Hills. “What was so sad is people talking to you and 30 minutes later they are intubated.”
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“The information came so quickly that it was scary,” she added.
Minard has been on the front line since day one and has seen more than her fair share of heartbreak. She received her first dose of the Pfizer vaccine in December and her second dose in January.
She is on a personal mission to find new ways to educate key workers, especially in minority and underserved communities, about the importance of vaccination.
“There is still a fear that this is all political and that this is being and is not being forced upon us,” she said. “If someone could just walk in our shoes one day and see what we see, there would be no hesitation.”
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While Minard didn’t hesitate for a moment to get the vaccine, the nurse’s manager, Gary Taylor, did.
“I was one of those people who initially had this suspicion,” said Taylor. “I just saw confusion and panic. I think that’s to be expected because it was something new and no one had a clear way of how to deal with this situation. “
Suffering from diabetes and heart disease, Taylor knows that given these risk factors and his daily exposure at work, he should come first for the vaccine. But he wasn’t entirely convinced.
“I had seen some people who changed their minds. I’ve actually seen it grow slowly, but it still grows to where people are comfortable. It takes time, ”he said.
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Dr. Asha Shahjahan volunteers for vaccination drives and administers shots. She joined This is Out Shot, a national campaign preparing health care workers to dispel the myths surrounding the vaccine.
“Last year I felt very hopeless at that time. I felt burned out, I was scared, ”said Shahjahan. “But did I think a year later that we could actually smile and say we had a way out? I don’t think I thought that at the time. “
“When we found out a vaccine was available, it was a game changer. I was so excited and it was like anything I can do to make people feel like they can trust the vaccine. I was ready for it, ”she added. “And I think this is the only way we can get out of this pandemic. So I see a light at the end of the tunnel. “
Minard, Taylor and Shahjahan each said they will continue to share their personal vaccination stories and encourage others to learn the facts about the vaccine.
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