Editor's note: This is part of a series of Q&As meant to learn why people in the community who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 decided to get the shot. A new feature will be published each Monday. Some questions and answers have been edited for clarity and brevity.
Bentley Wallace is the President of South Arkansas Community College.
Q: When did you get your COVID-19 vaccine?
A: January 20, 2021
Q: Which vaccine did you get?
Q: Was there any hesitation on your part about getting the vaccine?
Q: Did you have any side-effects from the vaccine? If so, what were they?
A: Minor side-effects about 24 hours after each dose. Sore arm at the injection site, fatigue, very low-grade fever. Side-effects were a little bit stronger after the second dose, but not much.
Q: Was it worth it to you to get the vaccine? Why?
A: Yes -- to protect myself, my family, and my coworkers and students at SouthArk.
Q: What would you say to someone who still isn't sure whether they should get the vaccine?
A: Get the vaccine! The evidence is clear that the vaccine is safe and effective in reducing your risk of being infected, and if you do end up contracting COVID, the chance of being hospitalized (or worse) is reduced greatly.