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Healthcare workers receive second dose of Pfizer vaccine

Posted at 9:25 AM, Jan 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-05 09:25:54-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The first healthcare workers who received Pfizer's vaccine now have been immunized with its second dose, which promises 95% efficacy.

Pfizer requires two doses, the second of which is administered 21 days after the first dose.

Dr. Marc McClelland, a physician at Spectrum, received his second vaccine on Monday, reporting only a sore arm throughout the process.

"I would say that that having just a sore arm as I did was probably the most common symptom, but some of my colleagues had more significant symptoms - chills, body aches," said Dr. McClelland. "There were a few that felt pretty tired and wiped out for a couple, three days, so it did vary somewhat."

Spectrum has vaccinated 11,000 employees and has received 34,000 doses to date. Spectrum has previously said it would like to vaccinate roughly 6,000 people per week.

Researchers are still determining if those like Dr. McClelland who have been immunized can carry the virus or spread it to others.

"Certainly for the foreseeable future, I'll still do the right things to keep everybody around me safe, but from a personal standpoint certainly feel better and look forward to more and more people having this opportunity."

The Michigan National Guard is aiding in distributing the virus at local hospitals.