Vaccine confidence begins with you: Faculty, staff share why they are taking their shot

January 25, 2021  //  FOUND IN: Our Employees,

Since late December, thousands of team members across Michigan Medicine have taken their shot at eradicating COVID-19.

In fact, as of today, more than 26,000 first doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to faculty, staff and patients.

For some, the decision to be vaccinated was based on science and the clinical trial data, which have shown the effectiveness and safety of the vaccine. For others, getting inoculated was about helping others.

“We need to protect not only ourselves, but people around us,” said Thea Picklesimer, R.N., a nurse with cardiovascular disease medicine. Picklesimer was among hundreds who came to Michigan Stadium recently to receive the vaccine.

Another was Kenetta Nunn, Ph.D., a postdoctoral research fellow in infectious diseases.

“There have been so many people dying from this that I feel like it’s my duty as a scientist to get this virus under control,” Nunn said.

Check out more of what Picklesimer, Nunn and others had to say when they were asked why they signed up to receive the vaccine by watching the video above!

Debunking vaccine myths

Maybe you saw it on social media. Heard it from a friend or relative. Got it in an email. Or have just been wondering silently to yourself.

No matter where you heard that claim about the COVID-19 vaccines, it might be making you wary of getting vaccinated when it’s your turn.

The Michigan Health Blog collected some of the most widespread rumors, claims, myths and worries about the COVID-19 vaccines, and checked them out with help from Michigan Medicine experts. The site also links to websites where you can learn more.

Sign up today

All U-M faculty, staff and students who would like to receive the COVID-19 vaccine through Michigan Medicine need to take the following actions to be able to schedule an appointment:

If you are determined to meet the active-U-M personnel criteria, you will be contacted at the appropriate time. Even if you previously filled out Blue Queue saying you were not interested in getting the vaccination, you can log into the Blue Queue questionnaire at any time and change your preference. Click here to access the questionnaire to change your submission.

Please note, you will not see your original submission when you log back in. Answer all of the questions again and resubmit your questionnaire. Any previous answers you submitted will be deleted and only the most recent submission will be used. Be sure to have a medical record number (MRN) and a MyUofMHealth patient portal account set up as well. You will receive a scheduling ticket in your portal account and when first dose appointments are available, you will be able to schedule.  

Thank you to all who are playing their part in limiting the spread of COVID-19!