COVID-19 Vaccine: Where are we at?

Parker Alverson

Everyone is tired of having to stay home, with some families even losing their homes due to this pandemic. In the end, there may be some relief for everyone soon. The COVID vaccine was publicly released in December of 2020. Since then, people have been working hard on shipping it out to the public, starting with the people who need it most, healthcare workers. A lot of progress has been made with 11% of the United States population with the vaccine already. The more people who have the vaccine, the faster the pandemic can be over. How can you yourself get the vaccine tho, and why would it help if you’re asymptomatic? That’s what this article will talk about, and more.

Some Americans don’t even want the vaccine in the first place even when they would have access to it, but how come? In order to get rid of a widespread virus, people would need to take the vaccine for it in order to avoid getting it, therefore stop it from spreading. ABC7 News Bay Area interviewed some people that had plans on not getting the vaccine in august of 2020. Joseph Jacks explained that he didn’t want something in his body that wasn’t 100% tested. Someone else they interviewed, Dana Ullman said he was concerned pharmaceutical companies are putting speed over safety when it comes to the development of the vaccine. So far there haven’t been any serious recorded side effects by the vaccine, and without those people taking it the longer the virus will be around. So it’s very important to contribute to stopping the spread and ending this pandemic by getting the vaccine yourself. Now that you know the reason why you should, how can you and where can you go to get vaccinated?

There are multiple places you could go, as soon as you can have access to it..

“You can get most recommended vaccines at your doctor’s office, and many recommended vaccines are also available at local pharmacies, health centers, health departments, and travel clinics,” says Vaccines.gov.

“I was fine on the day itself but on the same night, I found it hard to turn on the vaccinated side while sleeping because my arm was really sore. It was slightly hard to lift up my arm, but other than that, I did not experience any other side effects. It took about three days for the soreness to fully go away!” says Mrs. Evonne on Asiaone.

But what about longer than a few days? What will change in your life after a week or two? And do you not have to wear a mask once vaccinated?

Just because you’ve been vaccinated doesn’t mean you don’t have to wear a mask anymore and ignore all of the social distancing rules. CDC.GOV clears this up by saying 

“COVID-19 vaccines teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus …it takes two weeks after vaccination for the body to build protection (immunity) against the virus” adding on more clarification they say people can go inside with each other without a mask, as long as they’re all vaccinated. Things that don’t change once you’re vaccinated are having to wear a mask around crowds or visiting people with a high risk of illness from covid. The pandemic won’t be 100% over until sixty or seventy percent of the population has been vaccinated, until then it’s important to get the vaccine whenever you have the chance to. 

After a little over one year into pandemic in America, a lot of people are ready for it to be over and see their friends and family members again. In the meantime, it’s very important to do the right thing and keep distance from others and wear a mask. Getting the vaccine is another important part to end the pandemic, as well as doing what’s right once you have it.