WSNA partners with DOH to support #VaccinateWA campaign

In July 2021, WSNA began working with the Washington State Depart­ment of Health on a series of public service announce­ments featuring our trusted nurses. The videos from across the state encourage those in Washington who may be on the fence about getting vacci­nated to talk to their health providers, read scien­tific research and safeguard themselves and their loved ones by getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Begin­ning in September, DOH shared the videos on broad­cast, cable and social media. Thank you to the WSNA members who stepped up share their stories and raise their voices.

Getting vacci­nated for COVID-19 is extremely impor­tant,” says Justin Gill, urgent care nurse practi­tioner and WSNA board vice presi­dent. We cannot take our health­care system for granted. This is your health. This is your commu­ni­ty’s health. Your provider and the people that you trust are going to be the ones giving you the best advice.”

If us talking to you one on one about what we went through with the vaccine and what we’ve seen will help, we’re here, just ask us,” says Julia Barcott, WSNA member and ICU nurse in Toppenish, Washington. We can be part of the solution.”

Como enfer­mera de mater­nidad en Kadlec, Martha Galvez quiere que las madres y las personas embarazadas sepan que vacunarse contra el COVID-19 antes o durante la lactancia es seguro. ¡Gracias por educar a tus pacientes, Martha!

Callie Allen and Hannah Coburn, WSNA members and nurses in Spokane, want you to know the best way to thank health­care workers for their tireless sacri­fice through the pandemic is by getting the vaccine.

Getting the vaccine is not just about you and your health,” says Erin Allison, WSNA member and critical care nurse in Bellingham. It’s about the poten­tial for passing the virus on to others, who either can’t get the vaccine or are immuno­com­pro­mised. I think that if you have the correct infor­ma­tion that the conclu­sion is obvious. Getting the vaccine is the answer to getting us out of this pandemic.”

Jennifer Reynolds, WSNA member and critical care nurse in Aberdeen, describes how the pandemic is impacting small, rural commu­ni­ties. She encour­ages everyone to get the COVID-19 vaccine, and to talk to their provider if they have questions.

It’s a war, we are fighting a virus right now,” said Paul Fuller, WSNA nurse in Wenatchee and former army medic. In order to win this, we have to use the equip­ment that’s avail­able to us to try and beat it. There’s no picking sides to health care. We just want to help people. We don’t want to see you in the hospital. Vaccines are safe. We have been doing them for more than 50 years. For your mental health and mine, let’s all get vaccinated.”