The head of community services at Meriden Public Library encourages people to visit the library as vaccines continue to roll out.
Lauren Thompson spoke about her experience getting the vaccine, although she had adverse reactions, there is nothing she would change, she said.
Question: When did you get your vaccine?
Answer: April 1, the second was on April 28.
Q: How did you set up your appointment?
A: We set up an appointment through the Meriden Health Department since I work for the city.
Once it became available for my age group, I set it up with them.
Q: Did you experience any side effects from the COVID-19 vaccine?
A: The first shot I experienced headache, fogginess and chills. The second one, I experienced, had strong side effects. I was in bed for a day and a half. Had chills and a loss of appetite. It lasted three days. I don't regret getting it, it's better than getting sick with COVID so I think it is very necessary.
Q: How has getting the vaccine affected your role?
A: A lot of my job is reservations and dealing with people. Things got shut down, we looked at the way we delivered services. Being a one-person department especially being closed for so many months really impacted my work. This vaccine made it so I am more comfortable going out. This vaccine really opened up what I have been able to do.
Q: What are you looking forward to as people continue to get vaccinated?
A: I am looking forward to seeing children run through the children's department, seeing people out and about, talking to people for an extended amount of time. I hope for fun outside and inside events. The pandemic really shut down outreach and the impact went through my job. My job is room reservations and we were not having outreach for that entire year. My job was gone and there was high stress. Different agencies come and need room, small local non-profits as well. I am glad we will be able to offer that now.
Q: What would you say to someone considering getting the vaccine?
A: I think getting the vaccine is important to bring down the infection levels and doing our part. I took it very seriously, it was a very heavy thing for me. If we could all get our vaccines, anyone who is able to should get their vaccine. Even though I had a bad reaction, I would still do it again.