For Jeff Coley, Getting Vaccinated Means Protecting His Mom

May 19, 2021

Relieved.

Jeff Coley receives his COVID-19 vaccine.

Jeff Coley receiving his COVID-19 vaccine at a Princeton University vaccine clinic.

That’s how Jeff Coley felt after receiving his first dose of the Pfizer vaccine May 11 at Jadwin Auditorium during a Princeton University vaccine clinic. Jeff, an employee in Facilities Operations at Princeton University and president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), decided to get vaccinated to protect his mother. He wanted to be able to spend time with her without putting her at risk of infection. Jeff also was motivated to get the vaccine by the hope of returning to the rhythm of pre-pandemic life, when the University can return to more normal day to day operations.

Still, some people remain hesitant to get the vaccine for fear of side effects, concerns over how quickly the vaccines were developed, or mistrust in government or the medical community. However, across the country, many who have been vaccinated report reconnecting with family and friends for the first time in more than a year, sharing hugs, meals, and life’s milestones.

Jeff is telling his own story to encourage other employees who may be reluctant to get the vaccine not to wait to be vaccinated. “Getting vaccinated and uploading your shot record (into VacStatus) will help the University in making the decision to remove masks, eliminate social distancing, and go back to normal life,” he said. Jeff stressed that he is not concerned about sharing his immunization records with the University, since this information is kept confidential by University Health Services.

Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself and others. To help ensure everyone in New Jersey has access to a vaccine, the University is hosting a series of COVID-19 vaccination clinics available to everyone 12 or older who lives, works, or studies in New Jersey. For more information, read about Vaccine Clinics at Princeton.

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