The Fax Of The Vax

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Sarah Neal

I posted a poll on my Instagram to see who will and will not get the vaccination, now that all essential workers over 16 can get it (Photo Courtesy of Sarah Neal).

It’s officially been a year since the start of quarantine due to the coronavirus outbreak. Since then, doctors and scientists have created three vaccines authorized by the CDC for use. The three vaccines are Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson/Janssen. Each of these vaccines is different in their ingredients, what age group is recommended to get them, and who is available to get them. Phase 1 made the vaccine available to the eldarly. Phase 2 made the vaccine available to people ages 16-54 who are high risk or  essential workers.

“I’m really on the fence. I kind of want to give it some time to be out longer. I’ll probably end up waiting and only getting it if colleges require us to. It would be nice to not have to worry about Covid, but I’m just not sure about it,” said Senior Laney McKinney

When the vaccines were initially released to the public, only medical professionals were able to receive them. After that, only people who were ages 65+ and people with underlying conditions, such as obesity, diabetes, and pulmonary disease were able to get their vaccination.

“I have gotten both of the Covid vaccines because I am currently completing my clinical rotations at the hospital. I got the vaccine because I knew I was going to be in a setting where potential Covid patients could be and I wanted to protect myself, other patients who didn’t have it, and my family/friends,” Payton Lawrence, a student at Tri-County, told the Bengal Beat.

“I haven’t gotten the vaccine yet, but I’m hoping that I can soon once I’m eligible. I trust doctors and science and I know it had to go through the same testing that every vaccine does, I’m excited for life to go back to normal. I know that some effects of the vaccine could be more extreme cold symptoms, coughing, fatigue, and congestion,” said Hillcrest senior Jo Underwood.

Since the Covid-vaccine hasn’t been around for a long time, there is no certain way to provide a list of long-term symptoms. However, since the Covid-vaccine is an mRNA vaccine, scientists can determine the similarities of other mRNA vaccines, such as mRNA vaccines against HIV, rabies, Zika, and the flu that have been tested in phase 1 and phase 2 trials in people.

“I don’t know much about the different vaccines. I got the Pfizer Covid vaccine so that’s what I’m mainly informed on. However, when you go to get the vaccine if you choose, and when you set up your time/appointment to get it, they email you a document about the vaccine you’re getting with everything you need to know!” Lawrence added.

Millions of people have already gotten their Covid-vaccine. Many people are hesitant about getting vaccinated because there is no concrete evidence of long-term side effects. The main concern for women getting the vaccine is that it can cause infertility, however, according to GoodRX, there are studies that provide no evidence to back up that claim and women have conceived children since then.

In the years to come, much more research will be done towards the vaccines to give more people a better idea of what getting this vaccine means. The good news is, we have amazing scientists working everyday to uncover the unknown.