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Coronavirus Updates

Vaccine Testimonials

The Louisiana State University Shreveport Administration understands that many have hestitations about the COVID-19 vaccine. To ease fears, we have gathered testimonials from faculty, staff and students on their vaccine experiences. 

Vaccine Testimonial - Meg Davenport, "No Cost, No Crowd, No Wait, No Sickness"

"It was easy to get vaccinated at Medic Pharmacy on Line Avenue.  They gave me an appointment the same day I called.  The space was not crowded, and there was almost no waiting.  The only side effect I had from the Moderna vaccine was arm stiffness that didn't even last a day.  To summarize:  no cost, no crowd, no wait, no sickness." ~ Megan Davenport, MBA, Graduate Coordinator, Psychology

"I got vaccinated at LSUHSC - first shot of Pfizer vaccine in January and then in early February. My experience was plain boring. I cannot stretch it to fill a paragraph! It was nothing different than getting a flu shot. Everything was done within 20 minutes (including the 15-minute post shot wait). I got vaccinated for me, for my family, and us all." ~ Marjan Trutschl, Sc.D., Professor and Director Abe Sadoff Distinguished Chair in Bioinformatics

"On a Saturday in December I attended a breakfast meeting with military friends. On Tuesday I was notified that the person that I sat next to had tested positive for Covid-19. I went to Willis-Knighton Quick Care to be tested and I was positive for Covid-19. I had to quarantine from my family, and for three weeks I was fatigued and had periodic mild fever and chills. The person that I had sat next to at the breakfast was hospitalized for three weeks. On January 11th I tested negative for the virus. On March 13, 2021 I received the Johnson and Johnson version of the vaccine. Having had a very mild version of the Covid-19 virus I did not want to catch the newer versions, which are more contagious and deadly. The side effects of the vaccine were a sore arm for a couple of days accompanied by a mild headache. Glad to be vaccinated." ~ Riley Young, Instructor, Criminal Justice

"I had my first shot Feb. 11th and the second on March 3rd.  When I received my first shot, I did not feel any discomfort till the next day.  When I woke up I felt slight pain in my arm, around the area which I had received the shot; however, the pain was gone by midday. When I receive my second shot I did not feel any discomfort neither on that day nor the following days."  ~ Matthew Radnia, Instructor, Chemistry and Physics 

"Both doses of the Pfizer vaccine were administered painlessly for those who are leery of injections.  Finding a parking place was more stressful. I had a mild, short-lived headache after the first injection.  Since I am immunocompromised, I was expecting a dramatic reaction which never materialized. I had a mildly sore arm for about twelve hours after the second injection and was quite surprised by the limited reaction having heard from a few family members who were uncomfortable for about 24 hours. Those family members recovered quickly with no after effects."  ~ Linda Webster, Professor, Arts and Media

"I never realized that I lean on my car door frame every time I get out of my car. I noticed the day after my shot. That was the only time I felt anything. Multiple times that day, I would forget I even got the shot until I got out of my car and pressed against my shoulder. Even then, it was only a little sore and not painful. Similar to an older sibling punching your shoulder with their knuckle out." ~ Jason Mackowiak, Chair, Department of Arts and Media

"I have had both doses of the Pfizer vaccine.  I did not experience any horrible side effects.  My upper arm was sore at the injection site for about 36 hours after each shot.  I did not run any fever, chills, or exhibit any COVID symptoms.  I did take Tylenol before I took the 2nd shot and again 12 hours after the 2nd shot." ~ Renee Martin Terry, Store Manager, Barnes & Noble College #8267

"I am currently 29 years old and I received my first dose of the Pfizer vaccine in early March and my second dose of the Pfizer vaccine at the end of March. I was able to receive the vaccine a little before they changed the ages because I am currently pregnant (28 weeks) and I worked in higher education (LSUS). They made me stay at the hospital 15 minutes after I received the shots for monitoring. I did not have any side effects at all, except my arm was super sore the next day after both shots. It's nothing I have not experienced when getting other shots. In fact, I hate needles. I didn't even feel my 2nd shot! I do hope that being a younger faculty/staff member of LSUS will encourage students to get vaccinated!" ~ Jami Brossette, Assistant Director of Recreational Sports

"On March 11 I was inoculated with the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at our local hospital. I booked for my timeslot two days before the day of getting the vaccine. At the start of the drive-up line, I was immediately greeted by one of the nurses tasked to hand out forms to be filled out by patients. Another nurse handed me my vaccination card and a packet containing information regarding the vaccine being administered to me and how to register for CDC's V-safe health checker. I was also instructed by the nurse administering the vaccine on what to do after vaccination. After the vaccination, I was directed to drive to one of the available spaces on the parking lot and stay put for 15 minutes for observation. I registered for the V-safe health checker as soon as I arrived home.  I was scheduled to receive my second dose on April 8. Monday before my appointment a hospital staff called me to inform me of the time I needed to come in for my second dose. For my second appointment, I presented my vaccination card and was asked to sign another consent form as standard procedure. As soon as I was inoculated with the second dose, the nurse gladly told me "You're done!"  and instructed me to stay in the parking lot for 5 minutes! After each of the doses, the arm where I was injected felt sore for about 48 hours. Also for those said lengths of time, I felt crummy indicating that the vaccine was being introduced to my system. The V-safe health check-in reminders being sent to me on daily basis (on the day of vaccination and the next seven days) and weekly basis (after the last daily reminder) helped me become aware of the effects of the vaccine in my system. The effects and their respective intensities that I report contribute to the statistics being produced both by CDC and the respective laboratories that developed those vaccines." ~ Orland Daniel Del Rosario Batongbakal, LSUS Student; Senator, Student Government Association (SGA); Member, SGA Marketing Committee; President, Catholic Student Union (CSU)

"For me the vaccine was a way of creating a new normal. Living with immune-suppressant family made it challenging to protect ourselves form getting the virus. Once the vaccine came out we had hope. Official after the one-year anniversary of Covid-19 I set out to get my vaccine. I received the Moderna vaccine on that bright morning. I had hope, that I previously did not have. I was fortunate to get the vaccine early when I could, but now any student at LSUS can get the vaccine. We have worked hard and diligent to get this vaccine, so in my own opinion getting the Covid-19 vaccine is the best option for us to return to normal and live our lives once again. For me, I did not have any harsh symptoms from getting the vaccine. I feel that the vaccine is misunderstood by a lot of people. Coming from a scientific background, there is proven research that it does work as it is attended and has low risk when taking it. My personal symptoms were only a fever and a sore injection site. Other than that, everything was okay and I am excited to share my story with the campus." ~ Colton Herrington, LSUS Student; BSA/DICE Member; STACKS Manager

"Both my wife and I received our vaccinations as soon as they were available, with no side effects.  We soon felt more comfortable being around others and participating in normal activities. For the safety and well-being of everyone, especially students, staff and faculty we encourage you to get vaccinated." ~ Douglas Bible. Ph.D., Chair of Economics and Finance Department; Linda Bible CPA

"As a student at LSUS, I felt obligated to protect not only myself but other students and professors that I interact with daily.  Like many of you, I have had my reservations about getting vaccinated. However, after doing my research and weighing the pros and cons of taking the vaccine, I realized that the only way to be protected from Covid-19 entirely is by being vaccinated. I encourage everyone to get vaccinated. The process is quick and straightforward, and the medical professionals are very open in answering all questions before taking the vaccine. I know that many of you may have questions such as "what are the side affects you experienced?" or how did you feel afterward?  Well, to answer your question, I did not experience any side effects. However, my arm was sore, as anticipated after getting injected. So again, I urge you to get vaccinated! Also, encourage others to get vaccinated. We can only reduce the spread of Covid -19 and end this pandemic if everyone is vaccinated. Let us all get vaccinated to regain some normalcy as an LSUS community." ~ Joseph Dean, Graduate Student

"The Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted our lives. However, we can all play an active role in reclaiming our lives back by getting vaccinated. Today, I encourage you to get vaccinated to protect yourself and others and to achieve some normalcy. When the vaccine was first introduced, I had many questions and concerns about its effectiveness; however, after researching and hearing about others' positive experiences, I decided that it was time. I chose to get vaccinated because I knew it was the right thing to do, not only for my protection but also for everyone's safety. The process was quick and straightforward. The nurses and other medical staff were very professional in answering all my questions and ensuring that I felt comfortable and confident about the decision. After being vaccinated, the safety protocol wait time was 15 minutes. After the wait time, I was cleared. In terms of side effects, I did not experience any significant difference besides feeling fatigued. My arm was also sore, but that was expected. So, from one LSUS student to another, let us all get vaccinated and end this pandemic collectively. We can only get back to normal if everyone is vaccinated. It can only be done together as an LSUS community." ~ Fermine Thomas, Student, PHD

"Before I became a public health student, health has always been an important factor in my family. I have been receiving vaccines since I was a baby and my mother has always encouraged me to practice a healthy lifestyle which included exercise, healthy eating and vaccinations. Of course, as I got older and found my passion within the field of public health, these same practices amplified. As a public health student, I have come to understand that vaccinations are an important part of the family of public health. And though there are so many myths out there regarding vaccinations, I am here to tell you that there is so much evidence out there that exist to defend the safety of vaccinations. Beyond my role as a student in the public health field, I am still human and so before receiving the vaccination I did have my concerns but I took the time to do my research, as well as speak with my Doctor regarding any concerns I had. Finally, I made the decision to get vaccinated so I could spend time with my mother. My mother is high risk due to her past history of breast cancer. Because my mother's immune system is not strong enough to handle invasive diseases, receiving the vaccine became a big deal for me. So, within the following week I received the Pfizer vaccine, and my first dose was fine. I had a lot of arm soreness but that was it. But my second dose hit me hard, I had a fever, body aches and I was very weak. Those symptoms took place for the next 24 hours from the day I received the shot, but after that I was perfectly fine. Though I still practice social distancing and other measures to protect myself and others, I feel a huge relief and I am 10x more confident to pursue the activities I had to put on hold due to COVID. I recommend everyone first take the time to research the importance and safety of vaccines, and get vaccinated! Not just for yourselves but for those you care for as well!" ~ Brianna Scott, Student

"I was nervous at first to get the COVID-19 vaccine but that comes along with being human. I made sure to do my research and fact-check the information I was exposed to online. Once I was eligible I immediately made an appointment to receive the Moderna vaccine. Knowing my family and friends were receiving the vaccine and hearing their stories made me feel more confident about receiving the vaccine. The day I got my first vaccine, I immediately had soreness in my arm where I got my injection. Other than that, I had no other symptoms. With the second dose, my symptoms were very mild. I like to describe my experience as feeling like I was about to get a cold but then it goes away after a few hours. In the end, I would rather have a few mild symptoms from the vaccine rather than having COVID-19 or a higher risk of spreading it to my family. My decision to get the vaccine was easy because I knew I was protecting my loved ones and contributing to the stop of the spread. My advice to anyone hesitant about getting the vaccine is to do your research! It is also very helpful to talk to medical professionals to get the most accurate facts. Remember that every person who gets vaccinated is a step in the right direction to getting back to normal and even potentially life-saving." ~ Alyssa Garza, Student, Student Worker in Counseling Services, Certified Peer Educator, President of Active Minds

"In December, my entire family got COVID-19. We followed all the recommended protocols and still somehow got it. I have long-haulers as I still suffer from occasional dizzy spells and significant lack of taste and smell. I consider myself to be one of the lucky ones. My husband, 31 and healthy, could hardly walk. My mother, age 69 and a heart patient, was ill for a few weeks and had to receive treatment. My mother-in-law, only 53 years old, received convalescent plasma, injections, steroids, antibiotics, EVERYTHING! She developed a blood clot in her leg and was told she would lose her toes and must learn to walk again. After a month-long hospital stay, she was finally set to be discharged to a rehab facility; she was alert, paying bills online, and facetiming us! That night, her health suddenly declined, and she never made it out of the hospital. She was placed on a ventilator and the family was allowed to say goodbye. As my husband spoke his final words to her a single tear rolled down her cheek. She passed away two days after her daughter's birthday leaving the family in shambles. Next time you happen to be watching the jovial sport's guy on channel 3, know that there is great grief behind that smile, as my husband will never see his mother again. 

A couple of weeks later a colleague asked what I thought about the vaccination and if I thought they should get it. I told them about my mother-in-law who just so happened to be the same age as them. Within a few days they received their first shot. They told me they were initially hesitant to get vaccinated, but our story changed their mind. A few others followed suit. As terrible as this year has been, knowing she did not die in vain offers some comfort.    As of May 11th, we are all vaccinated thanks to LSUS. My mother was the last as she had to wait 90 days post treatment. This virus picks and chooses while giving no regard to how young or healthy one may be."  ~ Kimberly Jensen, Adjunct Instructor, History and Social Sciences

"Covid hit my lungs like a freight train. Acute Hypoxemic Respiratory Failure due to Covid: that was my diagnosis six days after testing positive. I am a healthy 46-year old with no high-risk indicators and what did Covid do to me? It was a 4-week critical illness (almost 3 weeks in the hospital) and a 3-month recovery. I was on oxygen until last week. I experienced a 104 degree fever for 6 days and then the illness got worse. My lungs could not do their job and capture oxygen. The histological structure of my lungs was damaged by Covid and I was not getting enough air. If you have never experienced shortness of breath then it is hard to understand how horrible it is.  Imagine getting winded, really winded (with oxygen saturation only in the 70s) after simple things like putting on your sweater or brushing your teeth. That's what a good day was like. At the worst of the illness, I was incapacitated with forced air at 60 liters/minute that pushed air into my lungs. Imagine that can of air you use blow off your keyboard blowing into your airway 24 hours a day. My setting, 60 l/min, was the maximum setting for that treatment; the next step was ventilation and ICU. I was too close to the worst-case scenario. My sister, a charge nurse on a Covid floor, was at my side suited up in protective gear and I could see the real look of worry in her face. That is when I overheard discussion of a possible blood clot and being too oxygen critical to go have a CT scan. That was the moment I knew I was at the edge of a seriously dangerous cliff. I thought about my kids, my husband, and the real possibility of dying from Covid. I am not sure of the exact statistics, but I remember reading later that Covid patients with Acute Hypoxemic Respiratory Failure have a mortality rate of 40% and that rises to >65% if intubated. Luckily, I had age and health on my side along with the highest level of care and modern medicine/treatments (non-invasive oxygen therapy, anti-viral drug therapy, 4 different antibiotics, injections of the maximum amount of blood thinner, steroids, and convalescent plasma). I turned the corner and made it, without the vent, but I was lucky. I was hours away from being ventilated. Looking back, it is terrifying. How did this happen to me? I was super careful. I always wore a mask in public, used hand sanitizer, practiced social distancing, did grocery pick-up, curbside food pick-up, and followed all of the CDC guidance. If this can happen to me, it can happen to anyone. Someone who was Covid positive and maskless in public, who I heard bragging that they would probably still test positive and "it wasn't that bad" gave me Covid and it almost killed me.  May 8th will be 90 days since I had convalescent plasma to treat my Covid-19 infection and I will be eligible to get my vaccine. I will be going that day to get my vaccine and ensure I have broad-spectrum coverage and plenty of antibodies in my system. Covid is an unpredictable killer. Protect yourself and others. Get vaccinated!" ~ Amanda Lewis, Director of Sponsored Research and Technology Transfer

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