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With the COVID-19 vaccine being distributed to 21 Houston-area hospitals this week, medical professionals who have battled COVID-19 on the frontlines for nearly a year are finally receiving inoculations. Read the interview from

Houston’s Memorial Hermann Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Linda Yancey was one of the first local healthcare providers to receive the vaccine. Chron spoke to Dr. Yancey about her experience and what to expect from the new vaccine.

Chron: How do you feel after the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine? Was this an emotional moment for you?

Yancey: My arm is sore but other than that, I’ve experienced no fever or headaches. Just a sore arm. When I drove back from the hospital, it kind of hit me. I hadn’t contracted COVID-19 yet. I had spent these past nine months watching my friends and colleagues get sick one by one. A few colleagues had to be hospitalized and one of them died. Every time I had a cough or a sneeze, ‘I would think–is this it? Have I got it?’ Then, it hit me that I didn’t have to worry about that anymore.

Read more of this interview here.

Notwithstanding the new norm created by this pandemic, it is not a hidden secret that the nursing community is also facing some long-understood truths, that is nurses are underpaid, undervalued, and sometimes treated as expendable. But this doesn’t remove the nurse’s will to help treat their patients the best they can.

However, because of the exhaustion, this pandemic is giving to the nursing community, some nurses may accidentally fail to do their work nicely. Because of this, they may face a disciplinary hearing by the Texas Board of Nursing.

If you are a Nurse in Houston who is currently facing any disciplinary issues before the Texas Board of Nursing, please contact Houston nurse attorney Yong J. An, call or text at 832 428 5679 or Mr. An has represented over 100 nurses before the Texas Board of Nursing since 2006.