COVID-19 Vaccination Facts & Thoughts

As this new year begins, coronavirus is still very apparent in the United States. Later last year, the people were informed that a vaccine would be open to the public in order to prevent the coronavirus. Many individuals question the safety of the COVID-19 vaccination causing many to refuse to take the vaccine. This article is here to clear up any misconceptions and questions people may have about this controversial treatment. It will also be including interviews with a couple of Heritage Christian students and their views on the vaccination and going back to school in person .

Before diving into the many queries over this vaccine one must first look at the benefits. The safety in our country is a top priority and in order to ensure the safety of our citizens the vaccine must be taken into consideration. This vaccine is here to build protection against Covid in a much safer way in order to finally put an end to this unceasing virus. While there are other tools that can be used to prevent someone from obtaining this virus, such as masks, hand sanitizers, social distancing, etc… , this vaccine in and of itself upstages all of those. In this way the vaccine uses one’s own immune system, if exposed, to fight off the harmful bacteria.

Now moving forward to the commonly asked questions about this new vaccination.

How do the vaccines work to prevent COVID-19?

In order to prevent oneself from getting the coronavirus immunity to said virus is key, whether already having had the virus or getting the vaccine. The vaccine introduces a similar, less dangerous, germ to one’s body in order to create a similar version of the virus. This special germ is there to create a “remembrance”  for the immune system to recognize the disease and be able to fight it off. Similarly CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) states “Different types of vaccines work in different ways to offer protection, but with all types of vaccines, the body is left with a supply of “memory” T-lymphocytes as well as B-lymphocytes that will remember how to fight that virus in the future.” There are only three different vaccines that a person can get to prevent the coronavirus, all going under clinical trials to insure the safety of the treatment. It is highly suggested that those who have the opportunity to take the vaccine should.

How effective is the COVID-19 vaccine?

For anyone who wonders about the vaccine’s effectiveness here, Lisa Maragakis, senior director of infection prevention at John Hopkins Hospital, states  “Both Pfizer and Moderna report that their vaccines show approximately 95% efficacy at preventing both mild and severe symptoms of COVID-19. This level of efficacy appears to apply across age groups, racial and ethnic groups, and both sexes, as reported in the Pfizer trial.” As shown in this quote one can clearly see that the vaccine is highly effective, although many question the length of time that the treatment will last, since it is seen that those who have had COVID-19 can obtain a second milder case of the disease. With that many of the developers of the vaccine are looking into ways to improve the length of time the vaccine can last.

What side effects should be expected after getting the shot?

It is important for anyone to know the side effects one could receive after getting any form of vaccination, especially with a new treatment for a modern disease. In a study done by FDA on the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination is says  “The most common solicited adverse reactions were injection site reactions (84.1%), fatigue (62.9%), headache (55.1%), muscle pain (38.3%), chills (31.9%), joint pain (23.6%), fever (14.2%);” It is vital to remember that the vaccine is building someone’s immunity to prevent the disease and the side effects may affect your daily activities but there is no need to worry since they should go away in a matter of a few days. Many of these side effects are common throughout any vaccine shot one may get and there are many helpful tips for someone who may get the vaccine to help with the uncomfortable aftermath.

Although not every question concerning the vaccine was answered in this part of the article, it is hoped that any misinformation or confusion on the new treatment was cleared up in order to create a better understanding of the COVID-19 vaccination.

Next the Heritage Christian students interviewees, Rebekah Durazo’21, Alex Rodriguez’21, Sarah Cunningham’21, and John Leavitt’21 will share their opinions on going back to school in person and on the COVID-19 vaccine.

1. What are your thoughts on the COVID-19 vaccination? Would you choose to get the vaccination? Why or Why not?

Rebekah Durazo: “I think I would take the vaccine because I want life to get back to normal and if more people take it then things can start opening back up and we can go back to normal life.”

Alex Rodriguez: “I’m happy the vaccine came out already and excited for the distribution. I would get the vaccine so I won’t have to worry that much about getting covid later on. I understand why people have their doubts about the vaccine but for myself I would so I can start participating and doing stuff and hang with people soon.”

Sarah Cunningham: “I think the COVID-19 vaccine can and will save many lives. I do not agree with the way the government has started passing them out because people are not getting their second doses on time. Yes, I would choose to get the vaccine if possible just so I have a lower chance of spreading it to my family. SInce I cannot stop my life for Covid, at least I would know I am better protecting my family.

John Leavitt: “I have already gotten the vaccine. My mother is a COVID-19 ICU nurse, so she was able to secure vaccines for her whole family. I think that everyone should get the vaccine. People want Covid to get better but they don’t want to take the steps to ensure that it will and it’s frustrating.”

2. Will you be attending school in person or choosing to stay online? Why have you chosen this decision?

Rebekah Durazo: “I will be attending school when it opens back up because I’m tired of being stuck at home and I’d rather be out of my house even if that means we are on campus with some of our classmates.”

Alex Rodriguez: “If school comes back I will be attending, these last months have school online I’ve felt unmotivated, no energy, and I felt like I haven’t learn so I will be coming back, also it’s my senior year, and I don’t want my senior year memories to be remembered as being in zoom the whole time. So I would come back for sure.” 

Sarah Cunningham: “I will be attending school if they choose to reopen. I severely miss my friends and school activities and seniors have missed most of their senior year. I personally think I would benefit from in person learning because it would help me with my mental health and I’ll have social interaction.”

John Leavitte: “ I  will be attending school in person. The only reason I will be is because I am vaccinated and my family is vaccinated. I do believe that school should not go back in person.”

During these interviews it is shown that many opinions differ but many are still the same, such as missing your senior year or taking the vaccine. Everyone must try their best in order to keep a safe and healthy community for the people surrounding them because during a pandemic that is the best that they can do.

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