Nursing Student Volunteers To Administer Vaccines After Husband, Children Contract Virus – CBS Kitchener
kitchener (CBS) – The COVID-19 vaccine is still given today in hospitals in the Kitchener area. Thousands of healthcare workers in our area have now received gunfire.
When COVID hits a family, it affects schools and workplaces. The sick end up in hospitals, which is why the vaccine is so important to health workers.
Among those who gave and received injections on Friday was a volunteer who saw this coronavirus from two sides.
Getting the shot was emotional for Eileen Matthews, an emergency room nurse at Riddle Hospital.
At CHOP, it was time to celebrate receiving the COVID vaccine, and at Jefferson, nursing student Jennifer Paone volunteered to give the vaccine.
“I want to make sure everyone stays as safe as possible,” she said.
And it’s personal to Paone – her family all had COVID-19.
“I was scared,” she said.
It started with her husband, who is a Kitchener firefighter.
“His whole train was closed. They take this precaution at the fire station and they all came back positive within a week, ”said Paone.
Then the virus hit her family like dominoes, including four children.
“It felt a lot like a cold, except a little worse,” said 12-year-old Hailey.
“When I got the virus, I felt like I had a fever,” said 5-year-old Gracie.
Since the children tested positive, their respective classrooms had to be quarantined.
“It was like non-stop,” said Paone.
“I had the corona and couldn’t do much as usual,” said 8-year-old Layla.
They all had different symptoms – mommies were the worst.
“I was sick as a dog. I had a fever, chills, cough and couldn’t breathe, ”said Paone.
Now they are well again in time for the holidays.
“We did it so I know I can do anything now,” said Paone.
Now she has seen what the virus can do both personally and professionally.
“I can’t wait until we can get back to some kind of normalcy. I hope the vaccination does just that, ”Paone said.
She is grateful that she and her family endured the virus without serious complications. Now she is looking forward to a reduced Christmas and will be ready in 2020.
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