For Ana Suarez, Getting Vaccinated Means Honoring the Memory of Her Father

June 17, 2021

Hope.

Ana hugs her father, Javier.

Javier Suarez and Ana Suarez 

That’s how Ana Suarez describes what the COVID vaccine means to her — hope that life will return to normal, hope of stopping the pain of losing loved ones, and hope that she can one day return to Peru to be reunited with her family.

Ana, an employee in Dining Services at Princeton University, decided to get the vaccine because she is part of a vulnerable population, and because she believes that the vaccine will stop the spread of the virus. Ana has a deeply personal reason for wanting to see an end to the pandemic: She suffered a heartbreaking loss when COVID took the life of her father, Javier Suarez. “It was the hardest moment of my life. My father left alone in an ambulance and I never saw him again,” Ana said. Despite the grief of losing her father, Ana said she feels comfort in being a part of the University community. “When my father died, I felt devastated, but I am eternally grateful to Princeton University for giving me work and moral support. They helped me keep going.”

While some people remain hesitant to get the vaccine, Ana’s message to others is to not be afraid. “Scientists worked hard to make the vaccine in a short period of time. We must believe and hope this terrible situation will end soon,” she said.

Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself and others. By July 1, all University faculty and staff need to upload or update their vaccination status to VacStatus. For complete information on the University’s vaccine requirements, vaccine clinics and more, visit Princeton COVID Resources.

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