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First Bowling Green Health Care Worker to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine 'Feels Fine'

Med Center Health

An emergency room physician who was the first person in Bowling Green to receive the COVID-19 vaccine says he hasn’t experienced any adverse reactions. 

Dr. William Moss at The Medical Center was first among frontline workers to receive the Pfizer vaccine on Monday.  He described the moment as euphoric after a difficult nine months of treating the sickest coronavirus patients.  Twenty-four hours after the injection, Moss said he was having no side effects other than soreness in his arm.

"The aches and pain, a little fever. We’re all going to have a little bit of an immune response and that’s actually a good thing," Moss said in an interview with WKU Public Radio. "That means it’s working.”

Dr. Moss said the only people who shouldn’t receive the vaccine are pregnant women and those with a history of allergic reactions to vaccines.  The vaccine has also not been tested on children yet. 

Moss added he should have 50 percent immunity to the virus a week from now and full immunity by mid-January.  The Pfizer vaccine requires a second dose 21 days after the initial injection.  The Moderna vaccine, which is expected to hit the market soon, requires a follow-up shot after 28 days.

For those who have already had COVID-19, the vaccine is recommended 90 days after their onset of symptoms.

Lisa is a Scottsville native and WKU alum. She has worked in radio as a news reporter and anchor for 18 years. Prior to joining WKU Public Radio, she most recently worked at WHAS in Louisville and WLAC in Nashville. She has received numerous awards from the Associated Press, including Best Reporter in Kentucky. Many of her stories have been heard on NPR.
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