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.
Jim Tucker serves as the Superintendent of the El Dorado School District. He previously led El Dorado High School as principal.
Q: When did you get your COVID-19 vaccine?
A: August 20, 2021
Q: Which vaccine did you get?
Q: Was there any hesitation on your part about getting the vaccine?
A: Yes, there was definitely hesitation but after months of research, reading about it and visiting with medical professionals about it I decided to proceed.
Q: Did you have any side-effects from the vaccine? If so, what were they?
A: No significant side effects. Headache for about 12 hours.
Q: Was it worth it to you to get the vaccine? Why?
A: Yes, it was worth it. I had COVID twice prior to the vaccine and I wanted to help my chances of not getting it again. I also travel occasionally for work and I did not want my travel limited because I did not have the vaccine.
Q: What would you say to someone who still isn't sure whether they should get the vaccine?
A: Getting the vaccine is a personal choice. People have to make their own decision. I understand why people don't want to get the vaccine and I don't think talking down to them, shaming them or threatening lockdowns is the way to change people's minds.