COVID Vaccine Available to 16 & up


Cami Deakins, Reporter


Ever since COVID-19 took over the world, there had been talk of a vaccine and when it would come out. The first COVID vaccine was taken in December of 2020 after a long, hard year full of quarantine, masks, and social distancing. The higher risk category of people received the vaccine first, and it slowly trickled down to be available to those 16 years old and up.


“I got the COVID vaccine and it makes me feel safer than I had all year. I really just want to do my part and wear my mask to make this nightmare be over with as soon as possible,” said senior Khushi Patel.


As of right now, there are three vaccines available: Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, and Moderna. However, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is being withdrawn as most people who have received that particular vaccine have suffered terrible side effects such as seizures, nausea, and fever. On the plus side, not everyone has suffered from a side effect and there has been a major drop in COVID cases nationwide.


“I’m scheduled to receive my vaccine in May, and while I’m a little nervous because of all the talk about side effects and things going wrong, I am excited because I’m ready for this whole pandemic to be over. I think everyone needs to get the vaccine unless you know it will seriously affect you,” said junior Taylor Moss.


The decision to get the vaccine is up to you personally. However, in the future, traveling to other places like on a cruise, might require you to show proof you have received the vaccine to prevent another outbreak from happening again. The best way to decide is to research which vaccine would be best for you, the side effects, and the ways it can help people and society. As for right now, keep wearing a mask and social distancing as much as possible to try to return to normal life as soon as possible.