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Vaccine Talks: My Grandmother Surprised Me On The Vaccine

Mary Ann Ibarra with granddaughter Leslye Gama. (Photo by George Moreno)
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This is part of a series of conversations that Cal State Northridge students had with loved ones about COVID-19 vaccinations. Planning your own conversation with family or friends? Here are some tips.

Leslye Gama, Oxnard

My grandmother is 73 years old and has worked 43 years as a machine operator for Pac Foundries, including through this pandemic, although she is high risk.

To my surprise, she decided she wanted to get the vaccine to protect herself against COVID-19. My family is very split with the vaccine, although luckily there are also a few family members who were able to get vaccinated and are feeling little-to-no side effects.

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This makes my grandmother feel very optimistic. On March 8, she was able to get her first dose of the vaccine. She shows a lot of faith in it and believes it will be a breakthrough during this pandemic and help many people, including herself.


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