Vaccine aftermath

As COVID-19 vaccines are starting to become more widely available, some might wonder what it is like to receive one.

It is important to look at other students’ experiences and what they have learned. There have been many rumors and confusion about which vaccine to get, and how they affect you. 

It can be difficult to understand exactly what to expect when receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, whether you are getting Pfizer, Moderna or any other upcoming vaccine.

Senior Lauren Schlemmer received the Pfizer vaccine, which is 95 percent effective according to clinical trials.

“I had doubts but, getting to see my high-risk family is important and I trust the experts,” Schlemmer said.

Students feel it is safer to receive the vaccine and have the possibility of a fever, compared to having COVID-19.

One of the main reasons students are receiving the vaccine is to be able to reunite with their families after many months of quarantine and social distancing. 

The vaccine has put some ease on the situation and students feel safer being able to see their families without risking their family members lives.

Junior Madison McCarthy also received the Pfizer vaccine knowing it would benefit the family and friends as well.

“It would be the best thing that I can do for myself and my family,” McCarthy said. “I didn’t have any doubts considering the emergent state we are in, I’m glad they got it out quickly”.

Since the start of the release of vaccines we have heard rumors about “microchips” and “DNA altering technology”. Even though it might be fun to make up funny stories, it is important to stick to the facts when people’s lives are at stake.

According to students, it did not affect their daily activities unless they ended up feeling ill days later.

Junior Shawn Swift has also been vaccinated. However, he remains cautious of his encounters and actions due to the fact that even after the vaccination, you are still able to spread COVID-19 to others.

“I still wear my mask in every public setting, I avoid parties and I get tested at work every three days,” Swift said.

Swift works at House of Loreto Nursing Home, so he is constantly surrounded by high risk patients “we haven’t had a case in our building since January but we are still very careful” Swift said.

There was definitely some tension and stigma against the vaccines, and that is understandable considering it was released in a short period of time. The most common vaccine so far is Pfizer.