Angel Rentas, a registered nurse with Harford HealthCare, shared his experience getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Also a local comedian, Rentas will be hosting a comedy show at The Library Bistro in Wallingford to benefit Connecticut Food Bank and Foodshare on June 25. For tickets call 860-604-8190.
Question: When did you receive your vaccine?
A: December, I was one of the first ones, since I was working in the field.
Q: Did you experience any side effects?
A: No, I did not have any side effects
Q:Did you have any concerns prior to your vaccine?
A: Yes, I've been isolated 3 times. I would take off my clothes at the hospital, but one night I woke up in sweats and chills, but it turns out I had Lyme disease. I work with people who have had Covid-19 and have residuals since then like heart palpitations and shortness of breath.
Q: Did you have any concerns about the vaccine itself?
A: When you look at the science behind it and the data, they follow all the steps. It's not new technology, they've been doing RNA for years.
Q: Can you tell me some of the work you did with COVID-19 vaccines?
A: I did some coverage for (doctors), I did vaccinations and I also did community talks on vaccinations in Spanish and English.
Q: Can you tell me how COVID-19 has impacted your work at the hospital, and how has it changed since you’ve been vaccinated?
A: So the process, the evolution. The unknowing going into work. You have to have protective equipment. When they do have Covid-19 you have to go see them, so you're not sure if you're bringing it home. It can be nerve-racking. People were very scared of the unknown, of how contagious this was. People were dying. Many people in healthcare were not so worried about catching it, but more afraid of spreading it. For me, it was adjusting to the lifestyle. When you're working you get used to seeing people pass away, but not at this amount. When you have that much loss from people dying, it really does affect you.
Q: Now that you do have the vaccine, how do you feel?
A: Since I have the vaccine, I feel more comfortable, but since more people are getting together, there will be more colds.
Q: What would you say to those who have not gotten their vaccine yet, but are considering it?
A: I respect people who say they don't want to do things because they are scared. People don’t look at facts, they rather look at Facebook. You can make a decision that fits your lifestyle, but what others say can affect other people.
Q: What are you looking forward to as more people get vaccinated?
A: I think what this pandemic shows us is the courage people have and how creative they can be, as well as how selfish they are. There were people buying tons of toilet paper because people tend to protect their tribe, and then they would be all out.
I think people have to be patient, be careful, and still follow the protocols. Wash your hands, if you know you're sick, stay away from people. Be more conscious of giving someone something.