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“A moment of hope and a powerful defense”

Employees share why they’re getting the COVID-19 vaccine



Frances Proto (left) and her daughter Nichole

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Mother and daughter Frances and Nichole Proto do a lot of things together. On Jan. 6 they rolled up their sleeves and offered their arms at the same time to receive the first dose of their COVID-19 vaccinations.

Frances, a registered nurse who worked on various units at both campuses for more than 40 years, currently works at NEMG in Trumbull. Nichole is a patient care associate on SP 6-4 and is studying to become a nurse – the third generation in her family to do so. Her grandmother Frances Gilchrist was a nurse at the former Hospital of Saint Raphael for nearly five decades. Both say their family ties are a large part of the reason they got vaccinated.

“Nichole and I don’t want to get sick, but we also don’t want to bring the virus home to our loved ones,” Frances said. “It’s our job to protect them as well as ourselves.”

Nichole said she also feels a duty to protect the patients on her unit. “If we test positive, we expose the patients. We shouldn’t be giving the virus to any of our patients.”

Here are other reasons Yale New Haven employees are choosing to get the COVID-19 vaccine.