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The Iowa Standard has obtained audio from a health class at Waukee Timberline School where a substitute teacher can be heard asking students about their vaccination status.

The teacher can be heard asking students if any of them have been vaccinated for COVID.

“Most of you have, that’s great,” he said. “I have too. I’ve had both shots. Did any of you get a reaction from your shot?”

He then asked students what happened to them.

“After my second shot, I had severe body aches,” a student says.

“Really? How long did that last,” the teacher asked.

The student said it only lasted a day.

“Yeah, so some people, they get their shot on Wednesday, they feel awful on Thursday, by Friday it’s like back to normal again,” he said.

Other students discussed their reactions.

“Everybody’s different,” the teacher said. “If we lined up 100 people out here, it’d be 100 different things.”

He continues asking students if they reacted to their shots. And students continue telling him about their reactions.

After one student shares their story, the substitute teacher says:

“Really? That’s scary, isn’t it? Wow. How long did that last then,” he said. “Everybody’s different. I got mine on a Friday, Saturday afternoon and I couldn’t even stay awake. I took a two-hour nap. It just made me tired. Some people get real achy. Some people it just puts flat on their back — fever, everything. So you never know.

“Some people, it’s like, ‘eh, so what.’ Sometimes your arm is a little stiff where they poke you.”

The conversation took place in an eighth-grade health class.

The Iowa Standard reached out to the Waukee District on Friday seeking its policy on teachers discussing vaccination with students. We did not hear back.

Author: Jacob Hall