National City Mayor Says COVID-19 Vaccine Trial Going Well

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Above: National City Mayor Alejandra Sotelo-Solis returned to the UC San Diego Health testing center in Toyon Park for a follow-up, Dec. 11, 2020.

Twenty-nine days after getting the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, National City Mayor Alejandra Sotelo-Solis returned to the UC San Diego Health testing center in Toyon Park on Friday for a follow-up.

This was her second follow-up appointment, and so far, she said things are going well. Sotelo-Solis said she did have a sore arm for a few days after the vaccination, much like after a flu shot. She said she did get a headache but otherwise reported no symptoms.

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One reason Sotelo-Solis joined the vaccine trial was to inspire others to get vaccinated, and she said that effort worked with her own father.

“If my dad, who I love so much, has the trust in me in his life to say that ‘I will be willing to take the vaccine,’ that to me means so much and if I can do that for other dads and moms and other community members, then so be it,” she said.

UC San Diego Health is still seeking more volunteers age 18 and up to participate in the two-year trial with Johnson & Johnson. It hopes to have 2,000 participants locally, and 60,000 worldwide.

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