DVIDS – News – Sailor overcomes COVID-19 twice and deploys to Boston to fight virus
BOSTON – “Once bitten, twice shy” is a phrase reserved for those who prefer to avoid recalls of negative experiences. However, a U.S. Navy sailor based in Williamsburg, Va., Has no qualms about fighting COVID-19 after surviving two rounds with him.
For Petty Officer 2nd Class Rafal Kolodziej of the US Navy Cargo Handling Battalion 1, the fight is personal. He tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies in March 2020, when cases began to appear among service members after recovering from fever, pneumonia and headaches the previous month.
“I felt a little more secure knowing that I had been through COVID before,” the boatswain’s second said of his experience last year while posted as an instructor at the naval base. of the Great Lakes in Illinois.
Unfortunately, for the native of Lublin, Poland, COVID-19 has proven to be a formidable adversary. Despite strict mitigation measures implemented by the Defense Ministry in 2020, he fell victim to the virus again in November.
His second tour de table with the disease was very different; this time the infection manifested as a loss of smell and taste. The sailor’s suspicions were confirmed following another test.
“It was scary,” Kolodjiez confessed. “So many people have been hospitalized and many have already passed away. I think of my father, who fought cancer, and all the vulnerable people. Not everyone is as lucky as I am to survive. ”
Fortunately, the sailor’s family have so far been spared COVID-19, and he said he felt largely cured.
Despite these personal health setbacks, Kolodziej’s dedication to selfless service has not wavered. Almost a year to the day since his first diagnosis, he returned to work and transferred to NCHB-1 in Williamsburg in early March 2021. Within days of arriving at his new assignment, he would be deployed as part of the DoD’s mission to support the whole-of-government COVID-19 vaccination effort led by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The battalion has been working for less than a month at the Hynes Convention Center Community Vaccination Center in Boston. In no time they were there, over 100,000 vaccines had been administered to local Bostonians.
With the number of vaccinations reaching six digits, all of NHCB-1 was excited.
Kolodziej said: “We are really excited about this mission. We are here for a very good purpose and we feel like we are doing something positive for the company.
He also said he was grateful that they were able to support this important business in Boston and that he hopes more people will sign up for the vaccine.
|Date posted:||04/21/2021 11:49|
|Location:||BOSTON, MA, United States|
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