My Vaccine Story

Want to know exactly what it’s like to get the vaccine?  You’ve come to the right place. Hear from SEIU members who are getting it. We will continue to unveil interviews with a SEIU HCIIMK members at different stages of the vaccine process. Hear why they got vaccinated and any fears or side effects they might have had.

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“I went to six funerals”- Shareba Muldrew – My Vaccine Story Ep. 1

Among the family and friends Shareba lost to COVID were two who had no underlying conditions. “Those are two family members I can no longer give a hug to.”

Shareba Muldrewi works at St. Louis University Hospital, contractor Sodexo. She’s a Patient Advocate/Dietary Clerk.

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Ashley Changed Her Mind – #GotMyShotSEIU

Ashley thought her pre-existing conditions were a reason not to get the vaccine, at least not for a long time. She contracted COVID in May and feels she put her love ones at risk unnecessarily. Ashley is now fully vaccinated.

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Bryant Stevens – Episode 1 – SLUH/Sodexo Worker – “Yeah, they were scared!”

Yeah they were scared! They said [COVID gave them] the worst feeling they ever experienced in their life. I didn’t want to be at risk anymore.” Bryant just decided to get his first vaccine shot after family members and co-workers went to the hospital. He’s looking forward to his second.

“We don’t want this experience no more, people losing their jobs, family members and friends passing away. I don’t want to have us go through this no more. Being isolated in your house…” Bryant says. “We need to come together as a whole, united, and get vaccinated.” #GotMyShotSEIU

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Donna Peek – Episode 1 – Home Care Worker -“I didn’t want them to lose their remaining grandmother.”

“I didn’t want them to lose their remaining grandmother.” Donna also didn’t want her husband or kids talking her out of getting vaccinated, so she didn’t tell them until afterward she got her Johnson & Johnson shot. “Everyone has someone who loves you and doesn’t want to lose you, so get the shot,” she says.” #GotMyShotSEIU

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Maria Carmen Marcias – Episode 1 – Child Care Worker – Protecting family and children I take care of

“I’m being vaccinated because I want to protect myself, and being vaccinated I’m protecting my family and the children I take care of,” says Maria Carmen Marcias, a child care worker in Chicago. #GotMyShotSEIU

Debra Murphy – Episode 1 – Child Care Worker – “While I don’t feel at high risk, I know that I am…the black community has been devastated by COVID.”

“While I don’t feel at high risk, I know that I am.” Child care provider Debra Murphy was hesitant, but she looked to God & her doctor for the answer and decided to get vaccinated.

“I know in our communities there’s still some hesitation about getting vaccinated and I understand,”What I also understand however, is that the black community has been devastated by COVID.”

“My uncle was one of too many loved ones lost to COVID in our world. Currently I have five grandchildren, and my plan is to be here for my great grandchildren.”  #GotMyShotSEIU

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Crystal Booker – Episode 1 – Hospital Worker – My job is to protect people

“My job is not only to protect my coworkers and my friends, but my patients, my children, my grandchildren. So I decided to take the vaccine.” Though hesitant at first, Crystal ultimately chose to get vaccinated. #GotMyShotSEIU

Catherine Miller – Episode 1 – Nursing Home Worker

“I don’t know what the future holds but with being vaccinated I’m at least taking the steps to being healthy, to keep from harming anyone else,” says Catherine, who works in a nursing home. #GotMyShotSEIU

Kim Smith – Episode 3 – Hospital Worker

“If I get saved, I can save someone else.” Kim is fully vaccinated and can’t wait until we all are so we can get back to being socialable human beings. #GotMyShotSEIU

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Judi Johnson – Episode 1 – Rockford Home Care Worker

Judi is a Rockford home care worker who cares for her 95 year-old father. She’d do anything to make her it safer for him and she encourages her fellow home care workers to do the same for those they care for. #GotMyShotSEIU

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Dorey Norwood – Episode 1 – Nursing Home Worker

Dorey’s been waiting to see how her co-workers with pre-existing conditions react to the vaccine. Now that she’s seen many of co-workers get it, along with the more than 3.4 million IL residents who have gotten vaccinated, Dorey believes she’s ready. #GotMyShotSEIU

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Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White Encourages SEIU HCII Members to Get Vaccinated

Jesse White is 87 years young & he got his vaccine. “When you sign up to get the vaccine you’re not just protecting yourself, you’re also protecting others.”

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Crystal Booker – Episode 1 – Mt. Sinai Hospital Worker

“I am asking everyone to come together, take the vaccine, and make this world COVID-free again.”

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Olivia Alvarez – 1er episodio

Olivia y su esposo tienen cada uno un riñón, lo que significa que están en alto riego al COVID.  Olivia está ansiosa por proteger a su familia y a los niños y padres a quienes les brinda cuidado.  “Al final del día … tengo que concentrarme más en la información que obtengo de los expertos de salud”, dice.  #MeVacuneSEIU

Olivia Alvarez – Chicago Child Care Provider – Ep 1

Olivia and her husband each have one kidney, meaning they are higher risk of COVID. She’s eager to protect her family and the children and parents she serves.

“At the end of the day…I have to focus more on the information I get from the health experts.”

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President Greg Kelley – Episode 2: 2nd Dose

Check out the video to see how Greg felt after his second dose. Learn more. Share this video on Facebook.

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Kim Smith – Chicago Hospital Worker – Episode 2: The First Dose

“How do I protect my family?”

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Tiki Tunstall – Metro East Child Care Worker – Episode 1

“Imagine the freedom you will feel.”

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Kim Smith – Chicago Hospital Worker – Episode 1

“I believe in God. I believe in medical intervention. I had to conquer my own fear and I took it.”

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Greg Kelley – SEIU HCIIMK President – Episode 1

 “It’s been a grueling year. But this vaccine gives me great optimism. After talking to health experts I am confident that this vaccine will save countless lives.”

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Learn more about Greg’s experience with the first dose of the vaccine.