The ask of this Faith in the Vaccine Instagram page project is to, "Tell us your COVID-19 vaccine story!" Amaya wants students to share their current stories with fellow students so they feel less isolated and more supported. The audience is fellow SMC students, SMC parents, past SMC students, prospective students and the SMC community. The goal of this page is to share honestly, to listen to others' unique perspectives, to offer hope, and to be supportive of others' struggles during this very difficult world pandemic. Amaya believes that hope comes from pride in progress despite the numerous challenges this pandemic has brought our young college students. A continuous thread in the _humansofSMC_ Instagram page conversation is COVID-19 vaccination. You may read about how a student has overcome COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy or how a student has encouraged a hesitant family member to COVID-19 vaccinate. This is particularly important as national COVID-19 vaccination rates have slowed, K-12 schools and universities are resuming, and the COVID-19 delta variant is proliferating worldwide.
Amaya will choose subjects from her Instagram page to create passive COVID-19 vaccination messaging posters. Posters will feature Saint Mary's College students and include a succinct quote describing why they chose to COVID-19 vaccinate and how life has changed since vaccinating. Once approved, this poster series will be posted publicly on campus.
Prior to beginning her Faith in the Vaccine work this summer, Amaya attended an IFYC workshop where she learned about the science of the novel COVID-19 vaccine and about health messaging techniques. She is one of several hundred IFYC students working nationally to promote COVID-19 vaccine access and educational messaging.