Would People Trust the COVID Vaccine?

Aniyah Moyet

In 2020, the world was hit with the Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. Vaccines are close to being approved, although none yet.

The coronavirus spread quickly throughout the world and caused a global lockdown leading to shock and panic. People were stuck in their houses with two big questions, “Is there a vaccine for the virus? and if so when is the vaccine for COVID-19 coming out?”

Medical groups have been constantly searching for the cure to this new disease since the outbreak began. Experts hope that by the turn of 2021 a vaccine will be ready for distribution.

“COVID-19 is a very serious issue that I never thought would happen in my life,” Stevenson senior Allison Helsel said. “It was very unexpected and made my life, and I am sure everyone else’s life, change completely. I would still continue to wear a mask in public if the vaccine came out because I do not know that it actually will work and some people might not get it.”

The form of the new vaccine is still unknown. Since it is new to the human body, a variety of symptoms are being explored every day. People are asked to continue to take the proper precautions to slow down and hopefully completely stop the spread.

“If there was a vaccine, I would take it if it was proven to be safe and all,” Stevenson junior Courtney Penalosa said. “I would not have to worry about catching it. But I don’t think I would be comfortable going without a mask in public just in case the vaccine did not work.”

Some students agreed that if a vaccine were to be made, they would take it to feel safer to go into public places without wearing their masks.

“I would take the vaccine if it was proven to be successful,” Ford sophomore Felecity O’Brien said. “It’s important to take COVID-19 seriously because we do not know much about it. But if a vaccine came out, I would feel safe to go to public places without a mask.”

Vaccine protocol varies person to person.

“If they have a vaccine and it is tested by professionals, then I will take it,” Eisenhower junior Aryonna Jackson said.” But I do not think I would feel comfortable to go out in public right away, I would maybe give it a few days”

Continuing to take safety precautions and waiting for a vaccine are the current strategies.

“COVID is unlike anything our modern world experienced and I do not believe any country was truly prepared for it,” Ford English teacher Alyssa Pouliot said. “The biggest issue is how easily it can spread, even with no symptoms. I would absolutely get a vaccine for COVID, so long as it is approved by scientists around the world. I would still wear a mask if I had the vaccine because of herd immunity. If only 10 percent of people had the vaccine, they would not be 100 percent safe from catching it or spreading it. With the numbers rising every day again, just “being done” with COVID because we are sick of masks and social distancing is NOT the right thing to do. I am hoping that we see some progress in 2021.”

Experts say COVID is something that should be taken seriously until a vaccine is found. Being quarantined and continuously masking up is the best thing to do to stop the spread.

“I feel that COVID-19 is a serious illness,” Ford math and science teacher Gregory Mandziara said, “It is awful that so many have died because of it.  Those that have underlying conditions need to be careful. I probably would get the vaccine because I would not want to get it and give it to someone else.  If the vaccine works, I would not mask up.”