Bettendorf Doctors share their experience after receiving 2nd COVID Vaccine shot

Both received the Pfizer vaccine
Published: Jan. 12, 2021 at 10:52 PM CST
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BETTENDORF, Iowa (KWQC) - Bettendorf husband and wife Dr. Nikhil Wagle and Dr. Archana Wagle both received their second dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine earlier this week. Both said they feel fortunate to be a part of something historic.

“I was just talking about that with my family and how lucky, when you look at the world, how lucky we are to have approved already in this country for us to be one of the very few people in the whole world who’ve gotten it and I’m actually very thankful,” Dr. Nikhil Wagle said.

“I do think that hope is on the horizon,” Dr. Archana Wagle said, “I am very optimistic that our society and individuals are going to quickly get on board and become vaccinated as soon as they’re eligible.”

“We are healthcare people, we need to show the rest of the public who are maybe afraid of getting the vaccine or who have some types of hesitancy that they shouldn’t be afraid, if we are advising this for our patients, we should be able to advise this for ourselves,” Dr. Nikhil Wagle said.

The two doctors said the side effects were only marginally different compared to receiving past vaccinations.

“The shot is given intramuscularly, into the deltoid muscle, just like the influenza vaccine, and so I did have some soreness in that muscle, I felt like it was very similar to what I had felt with previous vaccines, like the influenza, it just seemed to last a little bit longer,” Dr. Archana Wagle said.

“They did have you wait around for around 15 minutes after the injection, at least the facility I was at just to make sure there was no allergic reaction, and I didn’t see anybody have any major issues at all, the only issue I really had was a little bit of arm soreness that lasted a couple days, other than that nothing really,” Dr. Nikhil Wagle said.

“I think the other thing to mention is, it’s actually a great feeling to have a few symptoms from the vaccine because then you know it’s working. You’re building those antibodies, you’re building that immunogenetic response,” Dr. Archana Wagle said.

Dr. Archana Wagle said she has seen rumors and myths on social media and said that most are either not true or are very rare.

“Several rumors on social media (say) that this mRNA platform and this mRNA vaccine is going to affect female fertility and there is no such data to recognize that,” she said.

“A few isolated allergic reactions, that should not create fear amongst our public, those allergic reactions are very, very rare,” she continued.

Dr. Archana Wagle said it’s one of many steps on the road to recovery.

“I just want to put it out there that everyone should just stay really optimistic and hopeful because we must all remember the mental health stress that this pandemic has placed on a lot of isolation and honestly if I could I would have given my vaccine to one of my parents,” she said.

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