They’ve felt anxiety, fear, loss, frustration and, most consistently, concern for their families.
But all of them told us they were proud of how PG&E, as a company and as a community, has handled the crisis. We’d like to share what our coworkers have told us about living and working through the pandemic and now, getting the vaccine. Each week we’ll feature three of their stories so check back frequently. If you have a story to tell us about the last 14 months or a personal thought about getting the vaccine, we hope you’ll share that with us via email at COVID19PMO@pge.com.
“I got my vaccination to protect other people. I think over this past year, I’ve been able to witness a lot of people suffering—my father was in the ICU two months ago. I was able to see how many people were affected by it, so that’s why I chose to get the vaccination as soon as I could.”
- Randy Uda, Field Services Manager
“It’s been a journey I never thought I would experience in my lifetime. I got the vaccination because I want to protect myself, but also because I want to protect my family members too. If anyone’s uncertain about taking the vaccine, I would say talk to your doctor, talk to medical professionals, see what they have to say. But I’m here to tell you that it was fine to take the vaccine. ”
- Cheryl Marcelli-McClain, Division Operations Specialist
“It’s our shot to get back to a Warrior’s game. When I got my first injection, I did not feel anything, so I was surprised when the nurse said I was done. The whole process was seamless: I walked in, I checked in, I got the shot, they monitored me. The feeling walking out was something I had not felt in 13 months—just a sense of my mind at ease.”
- Brandon Fosselman, Customer Service Representative
“Initially, I was kind of apprehensive about the vaccinations, so I paid a visit to my transplant physician and basically he encouraged me to get the shot. When I hear the words, “return to normal,” I think huddles in the bull room, I think interaction with coworkers and peers at work, eliminating this feeling of isolation. It’s really about taking care of yourself and taking care of others. I have to go with that.”
- Lacey Richardson, M&C Superintendent for the Sacramento and Sierra Division
“The impact has been scary because when you’re a gas service rep, you’re going inside customer’s homes, and you have that fear of COVID constantly. I’m a 15-year breast cancer survivor and that puts me at high risk. So, it was a big deal to get the vaccination.”
- Sandi Busse, Gas Service Representative
“It’s been very challenging, just staying focused and safe. We’re fighting an invisible enemy and just doing whatever we can to protect ourselves, our customers, and especially our families.”
- Nghieu Tran, Gas Service Representative
“I was infected and having gone through it, I don’t want my wife, kid, any of my family members, friends or coworkers to go through that. I think the vaccine is a form of PPE; it’s going to help us flatten the curve and build that immunity that we need right now.”
- RJ Jammu, Electric Superintendent
“As the pandemic went on, I started to feel isolated, so it hasn’t been easy. It’s been raw. For anyone who’s on the fence about the vaccine, I’d say trust the science.”
- Becky Johnson, Senior Manager, Safety
“I think the hallmark of working through the pandemic at PG&E has been resiliency. Even in the face of the pandemic, it’s truly been inspirational. I understand vaccine apprehension and try to reduce it by advising people to do their research and then make the best decision for them, their families, and the broader community. I’m looking forward to getting vaccinated.”
- Terry Metters Jr., Senior Manager, Local Customer Experience
“Last year was, of course, the roughest when we first got into it. Now that I’ve gotten my first shot, I feel relieved. I’m on my way. It was quick, it hurt a little bit, and then it was over.”
- Adolph Vincent, Gas Service Representative
“It was extremely hard being two miles from my parents and not being able to go over there and hug them. It’s also been tough on the team here, and we’ve had to make a lot of adjustments. I hear about vaccinations, and I think it’s finally over. I’m just looking forward to getting back to some sort of normalcy between work and my family.”
- Mary Molina, Manage, Aerial and Specialized Inspections Team
“We, as a team, lost one of our own. It was very difficult and very hard to share. We were able to see firsthand the impact, the seriousness and the complications that come along with COVID. I believe the vaccine is going to be a difference-maker. The more of us who get vaccinated, the less risk it is for all of us.”
- Tylan Turner, MNC Leak Survey and Corrosion Director
"Be safe, be vigilant. This is a process of love for not just you but for your family and loved ones, and it is necessary so we can spend time together in the future. Life with our loved ones is a very precious commodity to be cherished"
- Felicia Anderson, Director’s Assistant
“Just because there is a vaccine, please don’t stop using your mask.”
- Veronica Barbosa, Operating Clerk
“Definitely Asher…In December 2020 he got a simple stomach bug and had to be hospitalized at UCSF. He was breathing 100 breaths per minute and had to be intubated. If a stomach bug did that to him I can't imagine what COVID would do to him!”
- Jason Berrey, Senior Land Technician
The pandemic has brought hardship on us all. This is our shot to begin the road to recovery. View the below resources to stay up-to-date on PG&E’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign.