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Kathryn (not her real name) is a registered nurse in the Indianapolis metro area. She spoke anonymously out of concern for her privacy. Her identity has been verified by Insider.

I’ve been a registered nurse for over 30 years, and it’s been the most rewarding experience. My hospital opened its first vaccine clinic in December, and I started volunteering right away. 

I don’t remember the first vaccine I gave, but I remember the very first day I volunteered — I was so nervous. 

In my current role, I don’t give a lot of vaccinations. I made sure to read up on all the vaccine types and reminded myself how to properly administer one by watching the videos the hospital provided us. I’ve found that the more I do, the better I am. 

The first group to receive the vaccine were people in their 80s and 90s. I remember them being so grateful and appreciative. Many of them were so relieved because they’d had to truly isolate from their loved ones for nearly an entire year.

The next group were the healthcare workers — that’s when I was able to get vaccinated as well. 

The majority of people are extremely emotional.

A lot of people are very nervous — but we take time with each of them, reassure them, and walk them through the process and the side effects. 

Last weekend, I was able to give my son the vaccine, which was such a relief. He volunteered to work at the clinic, and at first I was worried because being around so many people filtering in and out could have put him at risk. But now, knowing he has the first dose, I feel so much better as a parent knowing he’ll be safe. 

The only negative experience I had was when one person came in and said that they were only there because their family was making them, and that they didn’t want to know about the side effects or any additional information. 

My hospital’s vaccination site is small, but we do an average of 400 to 600 vaccinations each day.

As a nurse, there were a couple of volunteer jobs I qualified for — one of them was doing the inoculations and the other was preparing the vaccines. 

Our clinic offers both Pfizer and Moderna, which require reconstituting the vials (diluting them with a solution) and pulling the medication through the syringes.

Volunteers work an average of four to …read more

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I’m a nurse who volunteers to give out COVID-19 vaccines. I administer about 100 a day to people both skeptical of and grateful for the shot.

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