An Important Step
"I want our CV families to know that the nurses are doing everything they can to protect the health and safety of all our students, staff, and their families, and getting vaccinated is part of that process!"
These words were spoken by CV District Nurse Coordinator Nancy Lopez in early January. One hundred percent is generally a really good thing in education and as of Jan. 12, 2021, 100 percent of CV's nursing staff received its first COVID-19 vaccine. As part of Group 1A that prioritizes vaccines for healthcare workers, CV’s nurses (independently) chose to receive the vaccine – some received them at their second jobs in area hospitals while some went to various other local LGH locations.
Lopez spoke about why she personally chose to get the vaccine.
"First and foremost, it's all about the science," she said. "I did extensive research into the vaccine and the phases of testing prior to getting mine, and I felt confident in the process. I recognize it’s very new, but I also know that this is bigger than me and what I want or need. This is about everyone. It’s about doing my part for the greater good to be part of the solution in hopefully ending this crazy pandemic."
When asked to put one word to how she felt upon receiving the vaccine, Lopez said, "Hopeful. Excited. Humbled. Grateful."
So in that vein, we asked each of our nurses to give us one (or four!) word to describe their emotions upon getting their first round of the vaccine. Read their responses below!
"For the greater good"