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RRC Vaccine Stories

June 9, 2021

Hundreds of members of the College community are making informed decisions to get vaccinated every day, and they’re sharing their stories about why it’s important to them.  

Mariela Soifer, Instructor, Medical Laboratory Sciences, Notre Dame Campus

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I am sharing my vaccination story with the College community because…
I want as many people as possible to get vaccinated. The best way to get out of this pandemic is to get rid of the COVID-19 virus, and the best way to do that is to stop it from moving from person to person to person. An effective way to do that is to isolate, avoid contact, and wear masks, but we don’t want to live like this forever, right? So, the second most effective way is for many, many people to get the vaccine, stop the infections and break the chain. It is truly a community effort, we need everyone on board, even if you are healthy and not concerned about being sick, you are helping the virus to keep moving and infecting people that might die. Vaccines are safe, do not let channels of misinformation get to you, go to the right sources.

My personal story is quite original, I got Astra-Zeneca as my first dose because that was offered to me first, and then I was part of the mix and match option getting Moderna as my second. Just do it! Please do it for everyone, literally the whole world.

Caitlin McClymont, Student, Education, Educational Assistant, Notre Dame Campus

I made the informed decision to get the COVID-19 vaccine because…
I want to be able to travel back home to Scotland to visit family and friends. Some of my family and friends I have not seen in roughly three years, and I was planning a trip back to visit them but sadly the pandemic hit. I also chose to get vaccinated so I can protect my family, community, and the children I work with because their safety is the most important thing to me.

Tyler Parsons, School of Hospitality & Culinary Arts, Exchange District Campus

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I made the informed decision to get the COVID-19 vaccine because…
I want to have my children hug their grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. I want my two-year-old to actually have a birthday celebration WITH people. I want to keep my at-risk loved ones safe and out of harm’s way. I want to be able to gather with my family to properly grieve and remember my grandfather and aunt, who both passed away during the height of the pandemic and haven’t gotten a proper farewell. I want to see friends, go to Jets games and support my local pub (shout out to Silver Heights Restaurant!). I want to keep our community safe. I just want to get back to some sort of normal.

Melanie Wight, Continuing Education, Exchange District Campus

I made the informed decision to book my appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine because…
Vaccines save lives! I am grateful to be in a country where this gift of a vaccine exists. We were blessed with so many vaccines prior to this. Polio comes to mind as I was in India in the early 90s and saw the results of the lack of that vaccine in the children. Heartbreaking. We have the opportunity here to save ourselves and everyone else by doing something so simple! I ran to get my shot. Excited about getting my second one. I had no side effects but would have been no less ecstatic if I had.

Sarah Belisle, Student, Human Resource Management, Interlake and Peguis – Fisher River Campus

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Now that I am vaccinated, I am most looking forward to…
Travelling again. Oh, how I’ve missed seeing the world and can’t wait to be able to do it again. I am almost fully vaccinated and can’t wait to visit my dad who is currently living in Arizona. I am also looking forward to in-person classes again!






Vaccines are safe, free, and available to all RRC employees and students. Together we can protect ourselves, protect others, protect the community, and help reduce further spread of COVID-19. Click here to book your vaccination appointment online. 
You can help encourage the College community to get vaccinated. Click here to share your story.