Baptist Health ER doctors describe COVID-19 vaccine experience


Lexington, Ky. (WKYT) – A Lexington emergency room physician is sharing how he feels five days out of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

Dr. Mark Spanier treats patients with COVID-19 and other diseases at Baptist Health Hospital Lexington. He said that those working in the ER have been around for a long time, but vaccinating was just the opposite.

“After the vaccine was approved, I was informed that I would receive it in about a week and it ended quickly, I was going to be one of the first recipients,” Dr. Spanier said.

He received his first dose of the Pfizer vaccine on Monday. Since then, he had zero symptoms, although some of his colleagues did.

“I heard that there is a slight soreness in one hand and one person had a headache,” Dr. Spanier said.

He recommends people plan ahead when their vaccination date comes around.

“If you plan it, I think that’s probably the best way to do it, you won’t work the next day if you can avoid it,” he said.

Dr. Spanier said that despite the mild side effects for some, getting vaccinated was an important milestone.

“It’s really nice to know that we’re in the beginning of putting this thing under control,” he said.

He said he did not know of any co-workers in his unit who rejected the shot. Instead, they are leading by example.

“People will look on the Internet and see if there is one theory or another that the government is trying to poison us, or someone is trying to track us down,” Dr. Spanier said. “I think it is much more important for people who have researched to know the risks and benefits of getting a vaccine and to see them actually get the vaccine.”

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