Teachers gain access to the Covid-19 vaccine

The vaccine that has made the number of Covid cases drop tremendously was given out to teachers and staff members of schools early this year. Teachers were given access to the Moderna vaccine to help protect themselves and students from the virus. Each person who is vaccinated must be given two doses 21 days apart. The CDC mentioned that side effects to the vaccine are common and nothing to worry about. 

With the first shot, I had some arm pain and that was it.  With the second shot I was sick for two days.  I had fatigue, nausea, dizziness, and lightheadedness.” Nurse Autumn Brooke Plott said referring to the side effects and her personal experience with the vaccine. Coach Matthew Dixon had a similar experience with the first dosage of the vaccine as he described his side effects just being mild arm pain in the area of the injection. 

“It was different for each dosage. The side effects were the same. Nothing bad, just didn’t feel very good. The side effects for the first dosage came about three days after and just lasted for a few hours. The side effects for the second dosage were the next day and lasted all day,”  Mr. Gary Williams from the science department said when talking about the difference in effects that each dose had. 

The vaccine is still fairly new and therefore there is limited knowledge on long term effects for individuals who decide do get both doses. With such limited information on the vaccine there are concerns that some may have. 

The side effects and how long will we be protected.” Nurse Plott said talking about concerns she had with receiving the vaccine. 

Other than the possible side effects, I didn’t have any concerns with the vaccine.” Mr. Williams said. Coach Dixon’s biggest concern was also the side effects that could possibly be experienced with being vaccinated.

It is unknown if the immunity the shots give its recipients is permanent or completely wipes out the chances of contracting the virus, but concern over contracting the virus after being vaccinated appears low. “Based on the research that I have done, once a person has received both doses, their chances of getting the virus drops to less than 5%,” Mr. Williams said.

Nurse Plott mentioned a similar opinion. “The main concern I have is the length the vaccine will last.  Some vaccines we have to get yearly, some we get as infants and are protected for the rest of our life, and others we need titers ever so often.  Covid 19 is still new, and we are learning about it every day.  It will take time for the scientists and doctors to answer this concern of mine, which is understandable.  I do not fear that I will still contract the virus right now since I am newly vaccinated.”