Our Stories

Hear from UNC Health co-workers and community members about their experiences with COVID-19 vaccines.

Vanessa Snellings

“I took the shot because I want to save lives and protect my family as well as others.”

Vanessa Snellings, MHSA, BSN, RN, Pain Management, UNC REX Healthcare

Dr John Holder Onslow Memorial

“As a healthcare provider, I think it’s an honor to get the vaccine. I believe that we can do the best we can to help our patients, our community, ourselves, our family by getting vaccinated.”

Dr. John Holder, Onslow Memorial Hospital

“The best offense is good defense. Get the shot.”

North Carolina football legend Torry Holt talked to UNC Health about COVID-19 vaccines.

I Took My Shot: Loc Culp

MICU Clinical Manager, UNC Medical Center Chapel Hill, Loc Culp, clinical manager of the Intermediate Care Unit, gets the first COVID-19 vaccine at UNC Medical Center in Chapel Hill, on December 15.

Jenise FinFrock

“I took my shot for research so science could learn from me and so others could have the opportunity to be vaccinated.”

Jenise Finfrock, RT (R), Urgent Care, UNC Cary/Beaver Creek

Jerrell Suddreth

“I took my shot to protect my family.”

Jurrell Suddreth, Clinical Nurse Manager, Intensive Care, Caldwell UNC Health Care

Jade and Edna Mammographers for UNC Mobile Mammography Department

“We took our shots because we believe that the COVID-19 vaccines will save our lives, the lives of our families and friends, and the lives of our patients!”

Jade & Edna, Mammographers for the UNC Mobile Mammography Department, UNC REX Healthcare

Lavon'sina McNair

“I took my shots for my family; my grandfather died on 4/21/2020 from COVID-19. Also, I took my shots to help END COVID!!!”

Lavon’sina McNair, Medical Assistant, UNC Urgent Care

Dr Soheil Assar UNC Cardiology at Eden

“I took my shot to encourage others to get their COVID-19 vaccination.”

Dr. Soheil Assar, UNC Cardiology at Eden

Dr. Isley

“My participation ensures I can provide front line support in whatever capacity is needed.”

Dr. Lee Isley, CEO, Nash UNC Health Care

UNC Health Co-Workers Receive Second Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine

Getting the second dose is a crucial part of protecting yourself from COVID-19. Co-workers across UNC Health are rolling up their sleeves (again!) to receive the second dose of their COVID-19 vaccination

“For myself and my staff and for the people of our community, this is a huge, hopeful, great thing.”

Dr. Laura Hester, Medical Director, Emergency Department, Chatham Hospital

Tonygia Lynch

“I have nine grandbabies that I want to see grow up.”

Tonygia Lynch, Nursing Assistant and Diagnostic Tech, Emergency Department, Nash UNC Health Care

Wesley Benfield

“I took my shot to protect my friends and family.”

Wesley Benfield, Medical Assistant, Caldwell Urology Associates

Maribel Nieves

“I took my shot to save lives.”

Maribel Nieves, Medical Office Asst/Admin, PMO Admin, Caldwell UNC Health Care

Bernadette Allington

“I took my shot to protect us all.”

Bernadette Allington, Respiratory Therapist, REX UNC Pulmonary Specialists

Bill Britt

“I took my shot to protect those around me, and to show family and friends it is safe to be vaccinated. We ALL want a shot at a return to normal!!!”


Lisa Johnson

Lisa took her shot to protect friends, co-workers and family who are high risk, to set an example as a leader and to encourage people of color, who are affected at higher disproportions, that the vaccine is safe and can potentially save lives.

Lisa Johnson, Employee Health and Wellness Manager, UNC Health Southeastern

Trusted Voices on COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance: Dr. Alexa Mieses Malchuk

Dr. Alexa Mieses Malchuk, M.D. a bi-lingual (Spanish) family medicine practitioner shares her personal experience around increasing vaccine acceptance, especially in communities of color.

“We work around young people every day. And, we want to get our world back. We want to get our country back.”

UNC Football Coach Mack Brown Gets the COVID-19 Vaccine: You Should, Too!

Haylian York

“I took my shot to protect the staff and residents at our Skilled Nursing Facility.”

Haylian York, UNC REX Rehabilitation and Nursing Care Center Apex

Timothy Brant UNC Rex Emergency Department

“I took my shot to be able to hug anyone and everyone!”

Timothy Brant, UNC REX Emergency Department, UNC REX Healthcare

Sabrina Dupey

“I did this for my community, my patients. There’s been plenty of research so I’m confident. Get it, it’s well worth it to protect your family.”

Sabrina Dupey, PCT Unit Secretary, IMCU, Onslow Memorial Hospital

Chrystal Lublin

“What encouraged me to get the vaccine… I have not hugged my dad in a year, so to be able to do that.”

Crystal Lublin, Onslow Memorial Hospital

Shelly Miller

“I took my shot because I want to protect my family, my patients and myself.”

Shelly Miller, FNP-BC, Caldwell UNC Health Care

Jessie Gallier

“I took my shot to end the pandemic.”

Jessie Gallier, RN, IMCU, Onslow Memorial Hospital

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