Should You Get the Vaccine?


Haley Pierce, Editor

Through this past year, many people had the thought of going into the new year and not having to worry about the coronavirus. As we all know the virus is still here and we didn’t see much of a change from year 2020 to 2021. With that, the vaccine for the coronavirus has been approved and has started making its way through the United States.


Here in Indiana, if you are the age of 70 or older you are now able to receive the vaccine. You have to call and make an appointment to get the vaccine, they are not accepting walk-ins. Next up to be eligible to receive the vaccine are teachers and other essential workers according to gives eight things we need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine. The safety of COVID-19 vaccines is a top priority as the U.S. vaccine safety system ensures that all vaccines are as safe as possible. The CDC has developed a new tool called v-safe to add an additional layer of safety monitoring to increase their ability to rapidly detect any safety issues regarding the COVID-19 vaccine.


If you chose to get the vaccine, it will help protect you from getting COVID-19 as two doses our needed. Three to four weeks after you receive your first dose of the vaccine you are to get a second dose to get the most protection the vaccine has to offer against this disease.


Thirdly the CDC is making recommendations for who should be offered the COVID-19 vaccine when supplies are limited. They have published recommendations so people know what category they fall under.


There is currently a limited supply of the vaccine but supply will increase in the weeks and months to come. They plan on having thousands vaccination providers offering vaccinations in doctors’ offices, retail pharmacies, hospitals and federally qualified health centers.


If you chose to get vaccinated, you could potentially have some side effects as this is a normal sign that your body is building protection. These side effects may feel like flu symptoms and might even affect your ability to do your daily activities. Just know these side effects go away in a few days if you even get them as some people just have a sore arm.


Vaccine doses are purchased with U.S. taxpayer dollars so they can be given to the American people at no cost. However, vaccination providers may be able to charge administration fees for giving the shot if they wish to.


The vaccine that is released is being used under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). With this in mind there are many other vaccines still being developed and tested for COVID-19.


If you are wanting to help stop this pandemic, getting the COVID-19 vaccine is one of the many tools to do so. It is important for everyone to still cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others, stay at least six feet away from others, avoid crowds, and wash your hand often. If we all continue to use these tools, we might see a change in the spread of the virus.