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Deborah Tilli, Healthcare Professional

First Dose of Pfizer in December of 2020

Hamilton, Ontario; Canada

27 yrs old

Q: What was your life like before you got the vaccine?

I was working almost full time as a health care worker, I had a steady income. I was happy.

Q: Would you like to share your reasons for getting vaccinated?

So my residents could see their families again

Q: What was your reaction, symptoms, & timeline?

My work offered a handful of us the vaccine. The first of many in the country to get it. I decided to get it, because I felt bad for my residents. Within 15 minutes, my throat felt scratchy. I told the paramedic who I actually knew. I went to paramedic school with her. She checked my vitals and right away saw something wasn’t right. She gave me a dose of Benadryl, 5 minutes later I said I’m fine, I can go home now. She opted that I stay, because my vitals were still off. I stayed after not wanting to. Within minutes, I couldn’t breathe, so she gives me an epi pen, and I remember instantly leaning over to my right. People were rushing in, I can still hear, but I can’t move, and I can’t open my eyes. It was like I wasn’t even there. I remember the head paramedic saying “she’s not breathing”, and the paramedic I knew started doing CPR on me. I wasn’t breathing. I just remember at one point giving up. Like this is what’s suppose to happen… on Christmas Eve too. I woke up in the hospital. I’m not sure what was done, what was given to me, but I woke up complaining that the ceiling was moving, the lights were moving. I was tripping out. The nurses moved me to a different room, where again I fell asleep for hours. And that was all I remember. I got myocarditis about 2 weeks later. I couldn’t breathe, and I couldn’t lay down. I slept sitting up. I was in so much pain, and the doctors wouldn’t help me.

Q: Was your reaction reported, and what was the response?

I’m not sure where to report it? But I made global news, if you google my name.

Q: Have you had Covid before?

I had Covid Jan/Feb of 2022, only complaint was that I had trouble breathing.

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