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Vaccine advocate: Michael O'Connell

January 10, 2022 at 12:00 a.m.
Union County Public Library System Executive Director Michael O'Connell (Contributed)

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. Some questions and answers have been edited for clarity and brevity.

Michael O'Connell is a librarian and the executive director of the Union County Public Library System.

Q: When did you get your COVID-19 vaccine?

A: March 10, 2021

Q: Which vaccine did you get?

A: Pfizer

Q: Was there any hesitation on your part about getting the vaccine?

A: A little at first, but by the time I got my shot, millions had been vaccinated.

Q: Did you have any side-effects from the vaccine? If so, what were they?

A: Sore arm, felt unwell after the second shot for an evening.

Q: Was it worth it to you to get the vaccine? Why?

A: Absolutely; not only am I protecting my family and myself, I am also protecting the community.

Q: What would you say to someone who still isn't sure whether they should get the vaccine?

A: Talk to your doctor, together you can come up with a plan that is best for you and your family.

Q: Anything you'd like to add?

A: Visit one of Union County's six branch libraries, or online at ucpls.org​.

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