MILTON — Over the last few weeks, we’ve been asking the Independent’s social media followers to share COVID-19 vaccination photos and thoughts.

Currently, older Vermonters, health care workers, educators, public safety staff and those with high-risk medical conditions are eligible to receive a shot. Eligibility will steadily expand over the next few weeks.

Many Milton community members, like Jennifer Pine Dooley, are being vaccinated at state-run vaccine clinics, where doses are being administered by members of the Vermont National Guard.

“The Guard is doing an excellent job,” she shared. “I was in and out of there in 25 minutes with the 15 minute monitoring period. Scheduled for the second shot on the way out. Well done!!!”

Kendra Chapman Gorton, a first grade teacher at Milton Elementary School, has also received her first dose.

“I received my first vaccine at Champlain Valley Union high school on St. Patrick's Day,” she shared. “It was run by the Vermont Air National Guard and was very well organized!”

Joanne Davidman, a health educator at Milton High School, said she is incredibly grateful to have received her vaccine.

“My first reaction to getting the vaccine was a huge rush of gratitude,” she said. “Gratitude to all who did the research and work on creating the vaccines, so much appreciation for those working the clinic and a relief that it will be safer to be in the world.”

Side effects after receiving the vaccine are to be expected, according to the Vermont Department of Health. Injection site and muscle pain, headache and/or fatigue, mean the vaccine is working.

Pauli Foster DeBono shared what her side effects were like.

“I had both shots. The first was just a sore arm, with the second I had a stomach ache that night only,” she said.

Karen Hathaway also experienced a sore arm, though April Villemaire said she did not.

“I got my first Fauci Ouchie today,” Villemaire said. “Not even a sore arm yet. I went to Essex Fairgrounds [Champlain Valley Exposition]. It was fast and very well organized. If you are disabled they let you park right next to the door.”

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Bridget Higdon is a Staff Writer. She was previously the editor-in-chief of The Vermont Cynic, UVM's independent newspaper. She’s been published in Seven Days, Editor & Publisher and Vermont Vacation Guide. She likes to cook and explore Vermont by bike.


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