The HR website has been running a series of stories that highlight Princeton staff and what getting the vaccine has meant to them. To help further promote the importance of getting a vaccine, we are highlighting questions and answers with health professionals working in Princeton University Health Services. Today we feature Tanesha Brown, MSN, APN, FNP-BC, Nurse Manager.
Q: How did you maintain hope during the pandemic?
A: I have been in health care for over 20 years and I believe in the science. I believe in healthcare providers and scientists and I knew they would come through for all of us.
Q: Did the promise of a vaccine give you hope?
A: Of course! Vaccines are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! There are so many diseases out there that we no longer or very rarely see because of vaccines. For example, I had chickenpox as a child but now there’s a vaccine and none of my children have had it, and their children won’t either.
Q: How did you feel when you got the vaccine?
A: Receiving the vaccine gave me a sense of relief. I felt we were moving steps closer to stopping the mortality and morbidity that had befallen the world over the past year.
Q: What would you tell people hesitant about getting it?
A: I can understand people being hesitant about getting the vaccine. The unknown can be very scary. I know many people mistrust medicine based on the long, troubled history of medical research in this country. However, Black Americans, like myself are much more likely to die from COVID-19 than our white counterparts and I want to stop the disparity. This is how we do it. Some people are concerned about the time it took to create the vaccine. If all countries pooled their financial and scientific resources like we did in this case, there’s no telling what else we could accomplish! Furthermore, the science is not new; we have been working with this science for years looking for a cure to cancer.
Q: How does it make you feel when people call you a front-line hero?
A: It feels great. Being a healthcare provider is not just a job, it’s a way of life, it’s WHO WE ARE. My heroes are the folks working in the intensive care and COVID units, not just the doctors and nurses but the housekeeping staff and everyone who continues to show up. My heroes are the folks working at the grocery store so we could have food during the pandemic, the delivery people, the teachers who taught my children during a most unprecedented time, the neighbors who helped out when someone else was in need, and so many others that I cannot even begin to list. We have all been heroes.
Q: What did you learn from this challenging experience in your career?
A: This was not a one person, one race, one class, one gender problem — it affected every single person one way or another, on some level. It was OUR problem, all of us, a human problem. It is not only our job but our duty to take care of others in need.
Princeton University will be hosting COVID-19 vaccination clinics on campus, at which doses of the Pfizer vaccine will be administered. The clinic will be held on the following dates and times at Jadwin Gym:
• Wednesday, August 25, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
• Wednesday, September 1, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
• Wednesday, September 8, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
• Wednesday, September 15, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
• Wednesday, Sept. 22, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
• Wednesday, Sept. 29, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Members of the public as well as the University community are welcome to be vaccinated at the clinics. Appointments can be made through the New Jersey Vaccine Scheduling System (NJVSS).
Note: September bookings are not yet available in NJVSS.