Those who received the vaccine Wednesday didn’t experience many side effects. Nathan Mattox, director of the critical care unit at Tidelands Waccamaw, says he had a mild tinge of soreness where the shot was administered – similar to what you might experience after getting a tetanus shot – but otherwise felt fine. Over the past year, he has seen first-hand how COVID-19 ravages the bodies of those who become ill, including some who can’t overcome the virus.
“The human cost of this virus is tremendous,” Mattox says. “It’s just been difficult to witness, and that just propelled me to do this. I want to do something that they didn’t have the chance to do. I need to be brave enough to do it for them.
“It’s just the right thing to do.”