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I got my COVID-19 shot “live” on TV today

Published: Mar. 4, 2021 at 9:50 PM EST
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Northeast Ohio Neighborhood Health Services
Northeast Ohio Neighborhood Health Services(8300 Hough Ave., Cleveland)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) -I feel like Tony the tiger, GREAT! I’ve been eligible since February 8th, and I have to admit I was getting a bit anxious about when my chance would come through. Well, I called the fine folks over at The Northeast Ohio Neighborhood Health Services, and thankfully they were able to work me in. I am grateful, and I’m far from the only one.

Jocelyn Johnson’s eyes lit up while she was talking about getting her COVID 19 vaccination. “I received my COVID today. You are beaming. I can tell. Yes, and I’m thankful. I looked over the pros and cons because I am a senior, and I was blessed to have them sit down and tell me everything about it. I was reserved at first. But, it’s better to have the shot than not have it.”

Carolyn Smith was another senior glad to get vaccinated. She’s an old hand, no pun intended, at this now. “So, Ms. Smith, you got your shot today? Yes, I did. First or second? My second. How do you feel? The same, well. I got my second Moderna, and I think it’s important for my health being around children and my family.”

Marlene Cecil, a nurse at NEON, gave me my shot; nothing to it, but it will help keep me COVID 19 Free and alive. “I’ve never seen people so happy to get an injection in my life. They’re happy; before they even come into my room, they’re already taking off their clothes for me, which is always exciting, laughter.”

Dr. Valerie Coats works at Northeast Ohio Neighborhood Health Services/NEON, and today she got her second Moderna shot. “As a doctor, you have a particular insight as to why this is so important. Why is it so important? Well, I work with an under-served population that also has many morbid conditions like diabetes, hypertension, COPD, etc. So, particularly for African Americans, it’s really important for us to get vaccinated and as soon as possible.”

I want to thank the management and staff here at NEON. They’ve taken a weight off my shoulder when I got that jab in my arm. I texted my daughter to let her know all’s well. Because I got the Moderna vaccine, I’ll have to come back in a month for my second dose. Like Dr. Coats said, please get vaccinated; the life you save may be your own.

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