Dr. Chuck Breen

Sanford Hillsboro doctor Chuck Breen poses outside the city’s clinic Tuesday. Breen was the first Sanford staff member in Hillsboro to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

In May, Chuck Breen received the dubious honor of being the first person in Hillsboro diagnosed with COVID-19. 

Seven months later, the Sanford Hillsboro doctor was the first in the city to be vaccinated against the disease.

Breen received his shot Friday, Dec. 18 as part of a round of immunizations for the Sanford Hillsboro Medical Center staff. 

“They felt sorry for me since I was the first one to get (COVID-19),” he said with a laugh Monday. “I was the canary in the coal mine.”

Breen and several Sanford staff members received the vaccine produced by drug manufacturer Pfizer on Friday.

As of Monday, he said he had experienced no side effects from the vaccine, which received emergency approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Dec. 11.

“I haven’t felt anything – barely a sore arm,” Breen said. “It was nothing compared to a flu shot."

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