As of April 15, Camas High School students who are 16 years and older are eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Many students are eager and at the same time excited to get vaccinated. It would significantly reduce their chances of catching COVID-19 and spreading the highly infectious disease around. Students have many thoughts and reactions about having the ability to get vaccinated.
CHS junior Chuck Weidmann does not have any issue with receiving the vaccine and he certainly plans on getting it now that he is eligible. Chuck also thinks that the vaccine is safe to use. “Honestly I’d say they’ve done testing and know it’s safe for our age group, then we should go for it if we have the opportunity.”
CHS senior Kevin Fadlovich believes that students should be able to get it if they want as well. “I feel students should be able to get it since it is so likely to get the virus and we have already had one outbreak at the high school.”
Following along, another senior shares similar insights to both Fadlovich and Weidmann.
CHS senior Daniel Dyra doesn’t see any issue with students getting the vaccine. “I think it would possibly open up more opportunities at school and make students and staff less stressed if more and more students got vaccinated.”
CHS senior Noah Bermejo believes the vaccine is a great way to protect students and fight the pandemic. “The vaccine is one step closer to overcoming COVID and I am all for it.”
On the other hand, some might not choose to take the vaccine for the fact that no one is going to make someone take a vaccination they don’t want to take.
Most of these people not wanting a vaccine are fearful that they don’t know if they will get sick or other side effects that might occur in the near future.
On the other hand, the CDC released this statement saying that the safety of distributing this vaccine to the public is at the top of their list. “We understand that some people may be concerned about getting vaccinated now that COVID-19 vaccines are available in the United States. While more COVID-19 vaccines are being developed as quickly as possible, routine processes and procedures remain in place to ensure the safety of any vaccine that is authorized or approved for use. Safety is a top priority, and there are many reasons to get vaccinated.”
CHS senior Bri Doud thinks that the vaccine is a great thing to offer to us students, but believes it is up to the individual to choose whether or not they want to take it. “ Having a choice to do something is what makes people grow and learn to make choices for themselves.”