SULLIGENT, Ala. (WTVA) -- Emergency responders in Alabama including police officers and firefighters became eligible to receive coronavirus vaccines toward the end of January.
Some people WTVA got to talk with said they received both shots of the Moderna coronavirus vaccine, but they said some of their fellow workers decided not to get it at all.
Sulligent Police Chief Rick McDaniel said everyone in his department is now vaccinated with the Moderna vaccine, except for one who will receive his second shot soon. He said he urged all of his officers to get the shot.
"For the safety of their family, and also for the safety of the people we serve here," McDaniel said.
However, it was not mandatory. McDaniel wants to encourage others to get the vaccine when it becomes available.
Captain Michael Franklin of the Sulligent Police Department said he had side effects from the vaccine.
"Chills, low-grade fever, headache, weakness, but it only lasted for twenty-four hours."
Franklin explained that before getting vaccinated, he had actually gotten the coronavirus and recovered. Afterward, he was able to get the vaccine.
"It was a Godsend for me. It makes me more confident in my work," Franklin said. "It's still more comforting to know that we've had the vaccine."
Right down the street at the volunteer fire department, Volunteer Firefighter Terry Carter also received the Moderna vaccine. She said the process to get the vaccine was simple, and she's glad she got it.
However, she thinks it is ultimately up to individuals if they get it.
"The vaccine didn't bother me none. I can't say that for everybody, everybody's different, I don't look at anybody any different whether they wanna take it or they don't wanna get it," she said.