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QC Health Care Worker Speaks on Getting the COVID Vaccine

Frontline health care workers in the Quad Cities are receiving their first shots of the COVID-19 vaccine.
One of the first vaccinated was Joel Moore, Director of Care Coordination for Genesis Health System. He says so far, the only side effect is some minor, vaccine-typical muscle soreness.

"There's lots of worry out there from people, so I had a lot of mind games yesterday, thinking, 'Well, gosh, maybe I have a headache, maybe I have fatigue, maybe I have these things.' But really, I felt really great except for my arm pain."

Moore wasn't working in the ICU before COVID-19. He volunteered after Genesis Health President and CEO Doug Cropper asked for help with the surge of COVID patients.  But with a vaccine approved and ready for distribution, Moore and his co-workers are cautiously optimistic.

"The feeling in the clinic was electric and I know I was talking to some folks that were at the Silvis clinic yesterday; we are so excited because it is just another step towards hope. It's been a big morale booster."

More healthcare workers are expected to receive the vaccine in the coming weeks. 

Marianna Bacallao is WVIK Quad Cities NPR's 2020-2021 Fellowship Host/Reporter. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Mercer University's Center for Collaborative Journalism and served as Editor-in-Chief for the student newspaper, The Cluster.
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