Why I Got The Vaccine

Healthcare heroes across the Yale New Haven Health system have been rolling up their sleeves to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Find out what their experiences were like and why they decided to get the shot.

Brita Roy, MD, MPH, MHS
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Yale School of Medicine

Brita Roy 

"Got vaccinated for my family, my patients, my community, and me. This vaccine saves lives. Hope you do your part to #crushcovid too."

Tonya Barham
Information Associate, YNHH Emergency Department

Tonya Barham 

Barham sought out physicians of color at YNHH and asked for their input. “It reassured me to see other people in my community who had gotten it.”

Eleanor Reid, MD
Yale New Haven Hospital Emergency Department

Eleanor Reid 

“I think it’s the best possible thing I can do, because it’s not only protecting me, it’s protecting her,” she said of her baby. “We know about COVID as a disease and the severity of it, especially in certain populations and the vaccine is safer. It’s a safe vaccine.”

Arjun Venkatesh, MD, MBA, MHS
Yale New Haven Hospital Emergency Department

Arjun Venkatesh 

“This is our only way out of this and I think it’s totally worth it to have a day of side effects to not have another year of COVID overwhelm our life,” said Dr. Venkatesh during a January 26 virtual town hall.

Jorge Moreno, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Yale School of Medicine

Jorge Moreno 

“I got vaccinated to set an example for my 5-year-old son, and for my wife and the rest of my family. I also wanted to be protected and be able to continue caring for my patients.”