‘I had to step up’: Springfield nurse gets coronavirus vaccine during DeWine update

A Springfield nurse received the coronavirus vaccine on-air during Gov. Mike DeWine’s Tuesday update on the pandemic.

As a nurse in Springfield Regional Medical Center’s progressive care unit who also worked in a COVID-19 unit, Kasi Gardner said she got the vaccine to prevent spreading the virus to others.

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“I’ve been a nurse and I’ve been on the frontlines so I just didn’t want to inadvertently cause someone else to get it when I can vaccinate myself,” she said. “I just completed a nurse practitioner program and I feel like I’m a strong vaccine advocate so I had to step up.”

Gardner said that anyone who is skeptical about the vaccine should talk to their doctor.

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“My primary care doctor is Dr. Michael McKee here in Springfield,” she said. “He was excited about the vaccine and I don’t think that I would have even as a health care professional had the nerve to get it if I hadn’t sat and talked with my doctor and really felt his enthusiasm for it.”

Gardner also said that the vaccine didn’t hurt and that she felt fine.

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