February 19, 2021


Photo Courtesy: Montana Harris
Name: Montana Harris 
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers 
Department: Nursing 
Role at UNH: Student 
Year Started at UNH: 2019

How does getting this vaccine make you feel?

It gives me more peace of mind knowing not only am I at a lower risk for getting sick, but I have a smaller chance of passing it on to those I love and care about. 

What does getting this vaccine mean to you?  

To me, it means we’re a little bit closer to finally getting back to the old “normal” and our lives before this. Hopefully, it also means we can start seeing our friends and family sooner as well.  

What would you say to someone who feels hesitant about getting the vaccine? 

I would say that the pros to being vaccinated outweigh the possible cons, and the vaccine itself kind of feels just like a regular flu shot. I would rather experience the expected side effects of the vaccine than not get it and possibly pass on the illness to those vulnerable to it. 

What have been some of your favorite ways to stay physically active during the pandemic?  

Within the small group I let myself be around, I’ve really enjoyed going hiking up north. It’s a great way to stay socially distant, get some fresh air/exercise, and have a nice view while doing it.  

How have you been taking care of your emotional wellbeing during the pandemic?  

Whenever I notice myself beginning to get overwhelmed with everything I try to engage in doing the things that bring me the most happiness, such as going for long drives to listen to music or working out. It’s also really important to me to text or FaceTime my friends so I don’t unintentionally isolate myself and make it worse. 

How do you stay connected with others?  

FaceTime and social media has become a big part of my daily life to connect with my friends and family. Some friends and I also made a small group of us who follow CDC guidelines and get regularly tested so that way we can see each other without having to worry as much. 

Now that you have received the first dose of the vaccine, what is the next thing that you will be holding onto for hope?  

I’m holding onto the hope that as more people get vaccinated, people will be less scared of the vaccine and get it as well, eventually giving us herd immunity and allowing some restrictions to be lifted.  

Do you have any positive words of encouragement for members of our audience who are feeling completely drained and burnt out from this pandemic?  

I would say that it’s an exhausting, overwhelming, and inconvenient time in our lives, but it makes you realize you have to take advantage of the good things. It’s easier to say than do, but looking at the bright side and knowing this isn’t going to last forever might bring some comfort. 

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