“There are so many people dying. And it’s real.” Dell said. “I choose not to vaccinate at all, in any other way, but this one I’m going for. Because I owe it to society.”

Dell’s also worried for herself in a way she never has been before. Like Murphy, she’s immunocompromised. And she described herself as surrounded by people who don’t believe in the seriousness of the pandemic, who don’t wear masks. She was forced to quit her job at a local grocery store, just to keep herself safe, she said.

“I need to stay here for my kiddo,” Dell said. “I don’t want to end up on a ventilator, or dead.”

So she’s become an unlikely champion for the COVID-19 vaccine, commenting on friends’ Facebook posts, correcting the misinformation they share about the coronavirus vaccine.