MERIDEN — Deputy Mayor Michael Cardona, also a member of the City Council, discusses his COVID-19 vaccine experience, telling the public to consult with a medical professional if there are any doubts about the vaccine.
Question: Did you experience any side effects after receiving the vaccine?
Answer: The first one I did not experience side effects ... I experienced body aches the day after the second dose, then I was fine
Q: What advice would you give to those who are considering getting their COVID-19 vaccine?
A: Follow the medical advice of the professionals, typically they give you some advice in terms of precautions you need to take. They may be unique for the individual. I would say be prepared for the effects the day after... making arrangements for work. I know some people did not experience anything and I know some do.
Q: How has the COVID-19 vaccine impacted your work?
A: I feel a lot safer coming into work. I still take all the general precautions, but the anxiety of getting it is definitely lessened.
Q: Did you have any concerns leading up to the vaccine?
A: The science behind it really made me feel comfortable so I wasn't too concerned. When you're talking about a 90 percent chance in terms of prevention, I think that's pretty high so I felt comfortable, but the potential side effects from the second dose had me a little worried.
Q: What are you hoping to see in the future as a result of these vaccinations?
A: Life back to normal. That's the goal I think with these vaccinations. Historically, when we’ve gone through pandemics like this, we have gotten through them because people were listening to medical professionals and getting vaccinated. I think we have to just listen to the science and believe in the evidence that has been presented.
Q: Have you spoken with anyone on ways to address vaccine hesitancy?
A: What I typically tell people is based on information that I’ve read and people that I’ve spoken to — the side effects of the vaccination are pretty manageable. I would always encourage those who feel a sense of doubt to speak to a medical professional because each individual's case may be unique. I think it is important for those who can get it, to get it.
Q: Did you have to provide any documentation at the vaccination site?
A: I believe I had to fill out some forms and provide my ID.