Kingston's police, fire chiefs reveal COVID-19 vaccine experiences

  • Source: Citizens' Voice
  • Published: 01/25/2021 12:00 AM

Two chiefs. One vaccine. Two very different reactions. After recently getting the second and final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, Kingston police Chief Rich Kotchik, 46, said he experienced significant body weakness, headaches, chills and a 103-degree fever. But that lasted less than a day. “If the side effects I had are anything like COVID, I would get it again because I would not want to deal with that for 10 to 14 days,” Kotchik said. Kingston Fire Chief Frank Guido, 66, said he had no reaction to his shot, not even a sore arm like others had felt. “I was fine, but I’ll be honest, I had a couple guys report off sick. But it was 24 hours. They took a Tylenol, flipped a switch and they were back to work the next day,” Guido said. Emergency responders in Kingston qualified for the initial phase of the vaccine distribution because all the firefighters are also paramedics, which qualify for Phase 1A.


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