“The only side effect I have is optimism” - Cape Cod Healthcare

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Published on December 17, 2020

“The only side effect I have is optimism”

Dr. Paul Houle

Dr. Houle VaccinationHyannis neurosurgeon Paul Houle, MD, FAANS borrowed a sentiment expressed by fellow Cape Cod Hospital (general) surgeon Lawrence Novak, MD, FACS about any possible side effects from the COVID-19 vaccine he received today.

“The only side effect I have is optimism,” Dr. Houle said during a break in his surgical schedule.

He said he jumped at the chance to receive the Pfizer vaccine that was delivered to Cape Cod Healthcare earlier this week. Healthcare workers are among the first the receive the vaccine. 

“I thought it was important for my family,” he said. “I’m around the hospital all the time and I wanted it to make sure my family is safe.”

Dr. Houle said had no second thoughts about getting it because he has thoroughly researched the vaccine and is comfortable with its efficacy and safety, despite its quick development.

“First, all of the scientific principles on which they did it have been around for decades,” Dr. Houle said. “Our technology around RNA-based vaccines (which the Pfizer vaccine is) has dramatically changed in the last couple years.”

Once Dr. Houle receives the second shot in three weeks, he will be fully immunized against COVID-19 and able to feel completely comfortable working and being with his family members.

“I think it’s fantastic. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel and we’re getting back to normal.”