LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Local State Representative Sheila Klinker got her first COVID vaccine at IU Health Arnett's clinic on Friday. At 82, she qualifies to get the vaccine.
After getting the shot, she says she only had some arm pain near the injection site, but other wise has had no major side effects. She was even feeling well enough to cheer on Lafayette Jeff in their win over Marion Friday night.
She said overall it was a smooth and easy process getting her vaccine at Arnett, and that she looks forward to being fully vaccinated.
"Being able to feel secure with being around people to feel secure with being around people, still keeping my mask and social distancing because we need to do that," she said.
Nurse Amanda Rardon gave Rep. Klinker her vaccine. Rardon also lost her uncle to COVID Thursday night. She said she is giving out vaccines in his honor.
Her goal now is to advocate for Indiana teachers to be put on a higher priority level for the vaccine. Teachers were originally in the first phase of the state's vaccine distribution plan. However, the state changed it's plan and moved other groups, like first responders, up while putting educators into a later phase.
"Teachers are one on one and you never know what the children are bringing in to the classroom and you don't find out for a while," she said. "So several of our teachers have been quarantined and can't continue their service for a while."
Rep. Klinker also said she is surprised there has been no directive from Governor Eric Holcomb mandating that all of Indiana's senators and representatives get the vaccine, and that she hopes that message comes as the vaccine becomes more readily available.
She is scheduled to get her second shot on February 19th.