The CDC is now allowing twelve to fifteen year olds to get the COVID-19 vaccine. This is great news to hear since the more vaccinated people there are, the sooner we will be able to get back to a “normal” life. I asked some students in this age range how they feel about the vaccine and what it can do to help us.
The CDC says, “COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. COVID-19 vaccines have been used under the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history, which includes studies in adolescents. Your child may get a COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines at the same visit or without waiting 14 days between vaccines.”
One student said, “I got the first dose of my vaccine already, and today I’m getting my second dose. I think the vaccine is important because we need to keep ourselves and others safe, and we need to get the country back to normal. The vaccine will help the process of that.”
Another student states, “I have gotten the first covid vaccine and am going today to get my second shot. I think getting it is important so that we can begin to open things up and return life to normal.”
“I’m half vaccinated right now. I think getting the vaccine is important because it’s a huge part of getting life back to “normal”. It protects others, and yourself,” said another student.
The final student I asked said, “I’m getting the vaccine next week. I think it’s important because it’s your ticket to freedom, and it keeps you and others safe”
It seems amongst students I asked, they seem to want to get the vaccine or already have. They also feel like we should get it to keep others safe and to reopen our world back to how it was previously. Once 70% of people are vaccinated, we will be at herd immunity. This is not exactly accurate but together our community can open up even more.