The Office of Human Resources 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 Theodore Klitus, BSN, RN, Nurse, Princeton University Health Services.
Q: How did you maintain hope during the pandemic?
A: The first thing that helped me was controlling the information I was receiving from the media, by getting the information from a trusted source such as the CDC or WHO. Sometimes too much information repeatedly from different sources can be anxiety inducing. The second thing that helped me was spending quality time with my family. We started doing family game time every night after dinner, with the winner getting to pick next night’s game. We also did movie night. It was great family bonding with a lot of laughter. It was beneficial to be able to forget about the outside world for a while.
Q: Did the promise of a vaccine give you hope?
A: The promise of a vaccine helped to provide light at the end of the tunnel. Just knowing that we were getting a handle on this outbreak and that we were getting a weapon to help get this pandemic under control helped build hope in my mind.
Q: How did you feel when you got the vaccine?
A: To me, getting the vaccine was a great feeling. I knew that I was getting extra protection to help protect the ones that matter most to me, my family. Physically, it was just like getting the flu shot. My arm was sore the next day and I felt a little under the weather, but that only lasted one day. I was happy to know that I was doing my part to stop the spread of this disease.
Q: What would you tell people hesitant about getting it?
A: I would tell them not to be hesitant. The vaccine has been proven to help. As a nurse, I am quite aware of what this pandemic is doing, and like outbreaks in the past, we have had vaccines that are able to change that path. The vaccines that are available today can get things back under control. Why wouldn’t you get it?
Q: How does it make you feel when people call you a front-line hero?
A: I am not a front-line hero; I am a nurse doing what I love to do.
Q: What did you learn from this challenging experience in your career?
A: I have learned that we are stronger when we work together, that less is truly more, and to not forget to stop and admire what is all around us, especially what is in our own back yard.
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.