Christi Thornhill’s willingness to participate in a COVID-19 vaccination trial was driven by both a professional and personal conviction. As a seasoned nurse practitioner and director of trauma services at Cook Children’s Medical Center, she thought it important to do whatever she could to contribute to the cure. Personally, she was motivated by thoughts of her friends who have been deeply impacted by the virus.

“I thought participating was important,” Thornhill said. “Number one, we need a vaccine to be able to save people’s lives. I’m in health care, so I just felt like it was the right thing to do. I also have friends who have lost family members and people that I know personally that have had COVID, and they were scared because they had underlying health conditions and some of them had children that were scared.”

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