COVID-19 Vaccination Pledge: Why the SON Community is Administering and Receiving Vaccinations

Various student vaccination photos.

For the past year, UB nurses have worked tirelessly to prevent the spread of the virus around the globe—but their work is not yet done. Now, they're taking the next great step to protect our communities by volunteering to receive and administer COVID-19 vaccines.

Here are their #UBuffaloStrong stories.

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Student Vaccination Stories

  • Kara DiTucci holding her vaccine sticker.

    Kara DiTucci

    “I got vaccinated! This vaccine may cause: a sore arm, excitement, a mild headache, fatigue (and other symptoms showing that your body is forming an immune response!), and smiles! This was an easy and extremely important decision to make. Over the last 10 months, I have been working closely with patients with COVID-19. Seeing the distress these patients are enduring along with losing so many of them to this virus, I made the decision to better protect myself as well as others by getting this vaccine. COVID-19 can cause serious and life-threatening complications that have been shown in research to date. Proper mask-wearing, social distancing and this revolutionary vaccine can all help prevent you, your family and friends from contracting this virus, and get this pandemic under control!”

  • Kelly Lou receiving her vaccination.

    Kelly Luo

    "Getting vaccinated is important because it protects your health and the health of your community. Many serious diseases in the past have been mitigated through the development of vaccines, and it is truly amazing that science has advanced far enough that we are able to combat viruses like COVID-19 through a convenient shot. My experience was smooth; it was quick and painless, thanks to the skill of the nurse practitioner that administered the injection."

  • Rileigh Moag holding her vaccine record.

    Rileigh Moag

    "I believe it is important to get vaccinated to protect the community, your family and friends, and yourself. I am very happy I was able to get vaccinated so I can protect the patients I am caring for during clinical. My experience with the vaccine was very smooth and  the only symptom I had was a sore arm. The nurse told me her biggest tip to have minimal symptoms is to stay hydrated post vaccine! "

  • Rena Kessel and Cara holding her vaccine record.

    Rena Kessel

    "I am very fortunate to be a part of a population that was able to get vaccinated in order to help other members of the community and I am grateful that I was able to take this step to make a positive difference in the world of health care!"

  • Rena Kessel and Cara Wojtach holding their vaccine records.

    Cara Wojtach

    "I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to be among one of the first groups to be vaccinated and am glad I have the potential to protect others in the process. "

  • Ross Kean holding his vaccine record.

    Ross Kean

    "I received the COVID-19 vaccine to protect myself and my loved ones from COVID-19, and because of my personal experiences with the virus. During the pandemic, I worked in the ICUs at two different hospitals, and I saw some of the sickest patients I'd ever seen. I want to do everything I can to keep myself, and anyone who comes into contact with me safe, so when I had the opportunity, I received the vaccine. "

  • Emily Snyder holding her vaccine record.

    Emily Snyder

    "I chose to get vaccinated to protect my community."

  • Sarah Turano and friend holding their vaccine records.

    Sarah Turano

    "As a member of the healthcare community, it was an honor to be vaccinated as a nursing student. I am proud to set an example for the public to get vaccinated for COVID-19 and protect others, as well as myself. This gives us hope for a safe and healthy future ahead!”

  • Sarah Turano and Devyn Clifford holding their vaccine records.

    Devyn Clifford

    "The reason I got the vaccine is because as a future nurse it is my duty to help prevent the spread of this virus and the vaccine is just one of the many ways of doing that. I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to receive the vaccine so early."

  • Nicole Smith

    "So far so good...got my second dose of the Moderna vaccine on Tuesday. Feeling very positive about it and looking forward to getting back to life as we once knew it! Stay safe and healthy everyone!"

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