Ever since Terry Greear ’02 shared his harrowing story in a July 28 Facebook post about contracting the coronavirus earlier this year, the world has taken notice.

Greear’s story has since appeared in CNN, WESH, the Orlando Sentinel and many other news outlets. His echoes his plea for everyone who is able to get vaccinated because he really can’t stress it enough.

He shares that message again directly with Knight Nation via UCF Today:

“My hope is that after hearing my story, that someone who was on the fence about getting vaccinated decides to protect themselves and others by getting vaccinated,” says the physical education graduate who is now an elementary school PE teacher in Orange County. “I had every intention of getting the vaccine and never doubted it’s importance but I did not have the opportunity to receive the vaccine in January prior to falling ill. I spent 72 days in the hospital — 72 days away from my family. My world was flipped upside down and I had to fight for my life.  Had I had the opportunity to get the vaccine, I believe whole heartedly that I would not have spent any time in the hospital and would have spared my family weeks of agony wondering if I’d even survive.

“You have the opportunity to protect yourself, your family and friends, and most importantly those who are at high risk or not eligible to receive the vaccine.”

“Fortunately, the vaccine is now readily available for anyone who wants it. You have the opportunity to protect yourself, your family and friends, and most importantly those who are at high risk or not eligible to receive the vaccine.”

The UCF Student Health Center is currently offering the Pfizer vaccine to students and employees. Appointments are available and walk-ups are welcome. Schedule your vaccine appointment.

If you are currently away from campus, there are still plenty of opportunities for you to get vaccinated. Use this COVID-19 vaccine locator to find a place near you.