Alyssa Milano Uses First-Hand Experience With COVID-19 to Encourage Vaccination
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Teaming up with the Creative Coalition for a public service agreement, the former Charmed star voices her wish that the vaccines were available 'before so many of us had gotten sick.'

AceShowbiz - Alyssa Milano is encouraging people to get their COVID-19 vaccinations as she continues to battle the long-lasting effects of the virus.

The 48-year-old actress tested positive over a year ago and is still struggling with lasting side effects, including shortness of breath, heart palpitations, brain fog, exhaustion, and body aches.

And to stop other people from suffering in the same way, Alyssa has teamed up with the Creative Coalition for a public service agreement encouraging as many people as possible to get vaccinated against the virus.

"I knew that it was something that I wanted to be involved in, because I don't see how there's going to be an end to this if we don't get people vaccinated - and that's not only the people in our country but people throughout the world," she says. "So, if I can take my experience from having COVID and be able to turn it around and help people, I'm all for it."

In the PSA, Alyssa spoke about how she wished the vaccines were available "before so many of us had gotten sick".

The "Charmed" star also admitted she's "done with fighting" her symptoms, as she's "surrendered to the idea" that her condition might last for the rest of her life.

"I'm done with fighting it... This might be how I feel now for the rest of my life," she adds. "But I try to rest more and drink lots of water and take my supplements and do the best that I can."

Alyssa received her second COVID-19 vaccine last week, and believes the injections have been helping alleviate her symptoms, telling People magazine, "I do think that there was some improvement, although it's not that anything was completely alleviated. It just felt like less of everything."

"I just got my second shot on Thursday, and I had some chills and aches and pains, but it's a lot less than actually suffering from COVID. There's just so much that we still don't know, and with the variants and the different ways that COVID can mutate, it could cause another shutdown. The vaccine is completely safe for people who have had COVID and I think it's really important that everyone, including those who have had COVID, get vaccinated."

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