The Vaccine to COVID-19

The vaccine is a key component in working towards the new normal. (Photo Courtesy of  dph.georgia.gov)

The vaccine is a key component in working towards the new normal. (Photo Courtesy of dph.georgia.gov)

In the U.S., the covid-19 vaccine has become accessible for many age groups and is free to get. With the vaccine, the goal for herd immunity is closely approaching. Because the Parkview community consists of the age demographic that is allowed to get the vaccine, plenty of teachers and students have gotten the vaccine. 

 

The Pfizer vaccine is currently available to all persons who are over the age of 18. This vaccine is one of two options that provide a double dosage that you get within a three-week window. This means after three weeks of having gotten your first dose; you will arrive to get your second dose to be fully vaccinated. The other vaccine like this is the Moderna vaccine. This vaccine is exclusively for persons over the age of 18. However, the only difference between these two vaccines is that after four weeks, you arrive to get your second dose of Moderna. The third vaccine: Johnson & Johnson, has faced recent backlash as it is the one dose and done vaccine, which has caused blood clots. You can read more about that here.

 

Teachers were mandated to get the vaccines as a part of working in schools and being at high risk of contracting the virus. Being someone who had the virus, Ms. Virginia (Ginny) Harvey, also known as the Harvinator, helped shed light on having COVID in a past article and what it was like post-vaccination. Ms. Harvey said she got the vaccine because, “As a teacher, I want to do everything to protect myself, my colleagues, and my students. Giving myself the best possible chance to avoid getting Covid-19 or any of the variants is important to me!” She got the Pfizer vaccine. This is the vaccine that you get twice with a three-week window in between. It is common for people to experience symptoms after having received any vaccine. This does not exclude the COVID-19 vaccine. Harvey explains that she experienced side-effects of having the vaccine, such as having a sore arm after the first shot. However, when it came to the second shot, she says, “I woke up in the middle of the night with body aches, fever, chills, and symptoms reminded me of when I had the actual virus.”

 

As mentioned previously, students also obtained access to the vaccine. Parkview senior Kendall Brand was a student who had contracted COVID-19. Upon contracting the virus, she shares her experience after having gotten the vaccine. “I got the first dose, felt like I got run over the next day, could hardly move my arm, worse than when I had COVID, felt like I had the flu (body aches, loss of appetite, loss of energy),” she says. Comparing their experience to when they had COVID, “I definitely felt worse, but it was only for one day in comparison to more than three months of not being able to taste or smell, and a week of a sore throat.” Kaytie Lin, a senior here at Parkview, noted that the experience was “fast, and they had us moving quickly.” Unlike Brand and Harvey, she had not experienced COVID-19 before or after the symptoms. 

She left the Mercedes Benz Stadium with a sore arm. It is rumored that those who have gotten the virus before getting the vaccine had felt similar to when they had the virus, but it is still to be determined if that is true. 

 

If you are still debating whether or not to get the vaccine, it is highly recommended by health professionals to get the vaccine. According to georgia.gov, “There is no COVID-19 virus in the vaccine. The vaccine imitates the infection so that our bodies create antibody defenses to fight off COVID-19.” If you have more questions about the vaccine, you can read here. The Harvinator states, “The more people who get the vaccine, the sooner we can begin returning to the new, new normal!”