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UAB doctor shares experience receiving COVID-19 vaccine

UAB Chief of Hospital Medicine, Dr. Kiersten Kennedy, has received both her first and second dose of the vaccine.
Alabama has administered over 87,000 vaccines.
Alabama has administered over 87,000 vaccines.(GRAY)
Published: Jan. 14, 2021 at 4:20 PM CST
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - Alabama has administered over 87,000 vaccines, one of those including UAB Chief of Hospital Medicine, Dr. Kiersten Kennedy. She has received both her first and second dose of the vaccine.

She explains that during the first dose, the body is introduced to the spike protein, allowing it to build antibodies against it. She said during the first dose the main side effect she developed was muscle soreness at the site.

The second dose however is more so priming the system. Dr. Kennedy said this leads to having more symptoms after the second dose that will mimic an infection making it common to develop more symptoms.

Dr. Kennedy said she experienced a fever, shaking chills, muscle aches and fatigue.

“Just really could tell that my body was working hard and it’s because after getting dose two of the vaccine my body saw that spike protein and was under the impression that it was because I had got an actual exposure to covid and it responded trying to kill it immediately,” Dr. Kennedy said. “That said, my symptoms lasted for 24 hours and then they were completely gone, they left just as quickly as they came.”

Dr. Kennedy said the symptoms went away soon because there is a controlled amount of spike protein from the vaccine, so the body quickly responds and contains it. It is not a true infection and will not spread all over.

She said she has felt totally normal since receiving her vaccine.

Click here to view the Alabama Department of Public Health vaccine dashboard.

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