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“I never want to go through that again,” Dr. Jenner wants her patients to protect themselves against COVID-19.

When Dr. Carrie Jenner talks to her patients about COVID-19, she speaks from experience. A pediatrician at the Virginia Mason Franciscan Health Medical Clinic in University Place, she contracted the virus from a patient when the pandemic first began in March 2020.

“I was very sick with double pneumonia,” she said. “My lungs felt like I was drowning. I couldn’t work for a month. It took two months to take a deep breath again.”

Her battle with COVID-19 made one thing clear. 

“I never want to go through that again.” she said. “And I don’t want anybody to have to go through that.” 

That made the decision to get vaccinated easy, she said. A decision she shares with patients and their parents regularly to help put their minds at ease about the vaccines.