January Payne

January Payne, director of public relations at the School of Medicine, got the booster shot because she is high risk and wants to protect vulnerable relatives and friends.

January Payne, director of public relations at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM), works very closely with the school’s Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health to promote its COVID-19 research, and she knows that a booster shot is the best way to be protected against this virus.

“I got my booster shot because I am high risk for COVID-19 due to asthma since childhood. I want to be as protected as possible to reduce the chances I’ll spread it to vulnerable family and friends. We’ve lost family members to COVID-19. I believe in science and plan to keep up with recommended shots so that I am still here to enjoy our new normal,” said Payne.

Across the state, cases are on the rise and hospitals are reaching capacity. Vaccine and infectious disease experts say that getting a booster shot is the best way to prevent spread and serious illness.

Your Chance to Influence and Inspire Others

At the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), your thoughts and experiences matter. We need your help to encourage others who are eligible to complete their COVID-19 vaccine series and get the booster shot. Share your story about why receiving the vaccine booster is important to you.

Tell Us Why You Got the COVID-19 Vaccine Booster and take this opportunity to showcase your story and inspire others on campus. Over the next few months, UMB will be highlighting members of the community and their vaccine booster experience.

Share your experience getting the COVID-19 vaccine/booster by tagging us @umbaltimore and using #UMBVaccinesWork on Twitter or Instagram. Include why you got the vaccine.

You also can submit your photos and comments about your vaccine experience by visiting https://www.umaryland.edu/cpa/digital-marketing-and-social-media/umbvaccineswork/.


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