Nurses Speak Out, #0040, Registered Nurse. Former Vaccinator, WA, AHPRA Verified, 28/09/2021
By Staff Reporter
I’m a registered nurse in Western Australia. Just left job as vaccinator for WA health department. Received both doses of Pfizer in April. 24 hours after 1st dose I developed intense nausea and abdominal pain that required Ondansetron; which I got from the GP. after 2 visits in one week the GP admitted it was probably from the vaccination. I reported the reaction. The nausea/pain lasted 2 weeks; I was very reluctant to get the 2nd dose and put it off as long as possible but after receiving calls and emails reminding me to have the 2nd dose I finally did; thankfully just felt tired the next day.
2 months later started working in extremely busy vaccination clinic. Saw and nursed many people fainting; a couple of people “fainting” but with seizure like movements. Talked one lady through panic attack after panic attack after her 1st dose.
Many people would start crying when they came into the booth; i was told many stories of family members having reactions both here and overseas; one in the US in rehab after stroke post A/Z.
Recently a man in his 50’s, came in to have his 2nd Pfizer. I asked how he went after the 1st dose; he said he had been in and out of hospital with severe headaches and other “vague” symptoms; had multiple scans; all NAD. 3 weeks later he is sitting in my booth as his GP gave the “ok” for him to have his second dose; I asked him several times if he was happy to have it and he said that he was. .
The pressure to vaccinate quickly in this clinic was intense-after my 2nd week I started experiencing neck/back pain for the first time in my 18 year nursing career. Management did not give a damn; 3 months later I am still in pain and finally have resigned. As I have already been vaccinated twice the current mandate does not affect me yet-but is affecting many nurses in WA.
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