COVID Vaccination

Maggie Verbeeren

When deciding whether or not to get vaccinated, people have had to look at the possible health benefits, as well the possible side effects, before making their choices.

“I would not get the vaccine if there was limited availability to make an appointment, the costs were not covered by insurance and questions arose about how effective the vaccine actually is,” Eisenhower government teacher Margaret Mazuchowski said. “If these factors were proven otherwise though, I would be willing to get the vaccine to keep myself, as well as others safe and healthy.”

Some potential benefits have encouraged people to get the vaccine.

“After looking over all the benefits of the vaccine, I have decided to get it for myself,” Eisenhower junior Joseph Kapanka said. “In my opinion, the main benefit of the COVID-19 vaccine is that it is likely our key to getting things back to normal. By receiving the vaccine, you are lowering your chances of making your family or other people’s families sick. You are also protecting people with underlying diseases from contracting the virus.”

Despite a push to get vaccinated, there are skeptics, not willing to get the vaccine until the possible side effects are proven to be false.

“The biggest factor preventing me from getting the vaccine is the unknown side effects,” Utica chemistry teacher Allison Hutcheon said. “I do not feel comfortable getting it yet until we know what the long-term effects are. I think only time can tell us how effective this vaccine will be. Since people are just starting to take it now, we will just have to wait and see what happens to the rate of infection over time.”

Parents have seemingly shared their opinions on the vaccine with their children but have left it up to them on deciding what to do.

“My parents have strongly encouraged me to get the vaccine, but they left the decision up to me,” Stevenson junior Julia Weihs said. “They would never force me to get the vaccine, but they do mention that it would be my contribution in helping out the community and fighting against the pandemic.”

One teacher stated that she felt obligated to get the vaccine due to her position.

“As a teacher, I feel that it is only right to get the vaccine,” Mazuchowski said. “I am always around people due to my position, so I want to make sure that I am doing my part on my behalf, especially if they do theirs.”

Overall, getting the vaccine to stop the spread of the virus and to promote good health for all is the main reason people are getting vaccinated.

“Getting the vaccine can help in the slowing of the virus and create so many benefits for the community as a whole,” Utica junior Theodore Kosarek said. “We would most likely obtain a faster recovery and achieve herd immunity if everyone did their part.”