What to expect once you are vaccinated

As COVID-19 continues to circulate, the Illinois Health Department is opening up the vaccines for all Illinois residents, 16 and older, which applies to all Quincy University residents.

In order for students to get vaccinated, they can contact Christine Tracy, Ed.D., call 217-600-4829 or visit the Adams County Health Department website to make an appointment.

With it being highly recommended to receive the vaccine shot, an array of QU students have experienced side effects 1-2 days following the vaccine shot.

“I felt worse than I did when I actually had COVID,” Riley Martin, senior, said. “My body ached, I was exhausted, I had a headache and I was cold.”

Baseball teammate Zach Parks experienced similar symptoms and ended up not showing up to any athletic activities the next day.

“I felt like I had pneumonia,” Parks said. “It kicked in after 12 hours, and after that I experienced flu like symptoms and had sweats and chills throughout the night. I was very nauseous and really out of breath just walking up the stairs. I slept for 12 straight hours.”

Martin, who became QU’s all-time strikeout leader this spring, has suspended pharmacy school to accomplish additional baseball accolades with one year of eligibility remaining.

“I got it so I didn’t have to sit out of any baseball games,” Martin said.

Despite the reported side effects, QU senior Charlie Stewart views the vaccines important to society as a whole.

“Without Vaccines, society growth would not occur,” Stewart stated. “If we had to deal with things like smallpox or the plague like COVID all the time then there would be no advancement of technology or business. It is the only way where things will return to sanity.”

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, Adams County has the highest percentage of the population fully vaccinated (31.13%).

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