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Local nurse feels “great sense of relief”

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One of the first to receive second COVID-19 shot, locally

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There hasn’t been much positive COVID-19 news to report around Baldwin County since the first virus-related death last March.

Now, however, there are some genuinely encouraging signs. A handful of local people, including Beth Eubanks, recently received their second dose of the Moderna vaccine. Eubanks, a nurse at the county jail, got her first shot on New Year’s Eve and then her second one on Jan. 28.

“It was a great feeling. There was this great sense of relief that’s hard to explain,” Eubanks said.

Eubanks said that her only side effect from the first dose was a mild headache on Jan. 1, although Eubanks wasn’t the only person in Baldwin County to wake up with a headache on Jan. 1. The headache, however, was “nothing that Tylenol couldn’t take care of,” she said.

Four weeks later, Eubanks prepared herself in advance for the second shot, taking the day off from work.

“I knew that the second shot was more likely to pack a punch,” she said. “I was pleasantly surprised, though – same mild symptoms that went away after about a day.”

Eubanks said that she is “definitely a vaccine advocate” and thinks that “the vaccine is the thing that will get us out of this.” At the same time, however, Eubanks said that it’s important for everyone to make the decision that’s best for them.

“Everyone’s health situation isn’t the same, and everyone needs to weigh their own health benefits with their doctor or healthcare provider,” she said.

The Baldwin County Health Department continued to chug away last week with vaccinations, along with the other county health departments in the region. The pace of vaccinations remained roughly the same, and a DPH spokesperson previously told The Baldwin Bulletin that “we’ve been told that it will probably be until at least April” when the pace begins to really pick up.

Here is a breakdown of COVID-19 vaccination data in the 13-county North Central Health Districts, which includes Baldwin:

• Jan. 26 through Feb. 1 – 4,037 shots administered

• Jan. 19 through Jan. 25 – 4,580 shots administered

• Jan. 12 through Jan. 18 – 2,943 shots administered

• Jan. 5 through Jan. 11 – 1,381 shots administered