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When one of us gets vaccinated, we’re all safer and stronger.

We’ve stayed all in for the good of our state. We’ve worn masks, kept our distance and washed our hands like never before, but we’re not done yet. The vaccine is here, and it’s effective and protective. But it will take all of us going all in to get through it together.

Real Illinoisans. Real COVID-19 Stories.

Across Illinois, from Covid survivors to frontline workers, these are the real stories of heartache and inspiration to remind us why getting the vaccine is so important. Be inspired as they share their personal experiences with Covid and their hopes for the future.

Hear from your neighbors

The Ross Family

Judd, Shawna, and their 16-year-old son all had Covid at the same time, with their son having the worst case. They’re sharing their story to encourage young people to take the virus seriously.

Erica Lopez

Erica Lopez lost both of her parents to Covid over the holidays. She’s sharing her story so no one else has to go through what she did.

Ericka Looper

Ericka Looper is a respiratory therapist who works with Covid long-haulers. Her patients, even after getting over the initial effects of the virus, continue to deal with lung problems.

Bonnie Blue

Bonnie Blue is 68 and has severe asthma, but that didn't stop her from being one of the first vaccine trial participants in Illinois. She’s sharing her experience so that others, especially in Black and brown communities, will feel comfortable getting the vaccine.

Dr. Robert Murphy

Dr. Murphy is an infectious disease physician at Northwestern and is the executive director for the Institute for Global Health. He believes we can end the pandemic if we work together and get vaccinated.

Anthony Adams

Anthony Adams is a Covid survivor who spent three weeks in the hospital. His worst fear, his mother contracting Covid, is now a reality that he must face head on.

Dr. Marina Del Rios

Dr. Del Rios is an emergency physician at the University of Illinois Hospital who has been on the frontlines treating Covid patients since the start of the pandemic.

Dr. Ngozi Ezike

Dr. Ezike is the director of the Illinois Department of Health. She has heard from countless Illinoisans and believes the vaccine one of the best ways to protect ourselves.

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