COLORADO SPRINGS — A local state lawmaker shared his experience in getting the COVID-19 vaccine, as a way to dispel fears about the shots.
State Representative Tony Exum Sr., from House District 17 in the Springs, said he was able to get the shot because he's considered high risk due to his age, and because of the fact that he's considered an essential worker.
Representative Exum says he did experience symptoms after getting his first dose, like body aches, a headache, and just feeling "under the weather," but he says he felt better after a few days.
He spoke to a doctor before getting the first dose, and encourages others to do the same.
"People in the Black community, I want to encourage them that this is a safe process. Do it to protect yourself, but do the research,"Exum explained. "Ask your doctor, talk to other people, and then get on the list."
Exum says he got his second dose, and now wants to work with Governor Polis, to make sure African-Americans in his district have access to the vaccine, when it's their turn to get it.