How Do Verrado Students Feel About the Covid-19 Vaccine?

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Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, one of the more controversial points of emphasis is the concept of getting vaccinated. While at first, this may seem like a no-brainer to get vaccinated, there are some things to consider. 

A medical issue can be a reason for not getting it. Some people are allergic to certain components of the vaccine. As well as people who suffer from Guillain-Barre syndrome, a condition where the immune system attacks one’s lungs. These conditions can make it risky for the individual to get a Covid vaccine. 

Personally, I am fully vaccinated and I would encourage others to do the same. As I feel it would reduce cases around the school and ensure that large numbers of students are not having to be removed from class because of contact tracing or other Covid related issues. But I wanted to get other points of view on the vaccine from fellow classmates and friends. 

To try and hear other people’s perspectives on the vaccine I asked six people that all attend Verrado. Here is what I found.

One point of emphasis that was made clear in talking to other people was that they think getting the vaccine is a good way to return to life before Covid. One student, in particular, Corey Kaminski, stated that “The vaccine is important when it comes to staying safe nowadays. With Covid and its variants spreading. Without a doubt, it’s nice to have that extra protection when it comes to the virus.” Kaminski also stated that “with the vaccine making your body become familiar with the virus it can help prevent you from becoming sick.” Kylie De Keyrel stated similarly,  “I think it will eventually make things go back to normal once enough people get it.” One final statement that falls in line with this is from Brenden Velez, as he offered up his thoughts, “I’d say take the vaccine because you’re saving lives by taking the vaccine and not spreading Covid to other people.”

On the contrary, there was a sense of hesitancy from some. Garrett Hicks talked about how the vaccine not being FDA approved until recently, was making him unsure about getting it. “I didn’t know how it would react in younger kids.” Also, The vaccine not making you 100% safe from Covid was a concern for Rodrigo Larios. He talked about how there have been some instances where fully vaccinated individuals are still contracting the virus

The most interesting person to talk to about this was Brendan Killeen, as he stated, “I’d prefer not to get the vaccine because I don’t want more things in my body.” He would further elaborate, “I’m not scared of Covid but I realize some are so I try to be a little unselfish. I won’t get it now or anytime soon but I’ll likely need to, to get to do some things that I want to by the beginning of 2022.” Killeen went into detail about how as more and more information comes out about Covid and the vaccine, he becomes more comfortable with it. “I think it’s safe but I’m still a bit skeptical. As of now, I’d like a little more research to get done but I feel better about it every day.”

Asking these in-depth questions with people was very funny to do. It’s not something you get to do every day, and you really get a better look at just how unique and different we are as individuals. Covid has been around for the better part of a year and a half now and it is fascinating to see people’s perspectives and viewpoints when talking about the virus.