Story By: Jonathan Macias, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Newsflash
This Spanish nurse has told of her experience taking part in a COVID-19 vaccine trial at Oxford University where he was told he “could even die”.
Spanish nurse Joan Pons Laplana is taking part in a human trial of a potential coronavirus vaccine carried out by the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.
Pons Laplana has reportedly volunteered to enrol in the study with 10,260 adults and children from across the UK.
Reports say he has been working as an intensive care nurse in Sheffield over the past few months during the COVID-19 crisis.
Pons Laplana told Spanish TV host Risto Mejide: “I am alive and kicking. Everything is good. I haven’t had any problems. I haven’t lost an arm, I haven’t had a chimpanzee tail or monkey ears growing out of me.”
According to the Spanish nurse, some of his colleagues have volunteered as well and the study is going well.
When Pons Laplana was asked if he had noticed any symptoms after having the vaccine he said: “Temperature, pain in my arm. I could even die, that is what they told me. I almost got up and walked away.
“When you read a medicinal information pamphlet you panic but everything is going well. I went back to work. I have been working this weekend.”
Reports said that the participants must complete a diary for up to 28 days after being vaccinated as well as a questionnaire that they have to fill in with their household members.
“Every week I have tests in my mouth and my nouse and in one month I will have a blood test. If I tested positive (for COVID-19) in these weekly controls they would do more tests.”
“I am fed up with this coronavirus, I do not want it to continue. 2021 has to be much better than 2020. The only solution is being able to have the vaccine and that is why I volunteered.”
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