Students share their thoughts on Receiving the covid-19 vaccine
By Michele Barletta
The Adams County Health Department has moved through their vaccine roll-out plan relatively quick in comparison to other county’s around the nation. Students at Quincy University have been lucky enough to be able to receive the vaccine so soon after it’s release.
In February, students who held jobs on campus met the requirements to receive the vaccine which meant a number of students took advantage of this opportunity. David Fitzgerald works in the university cafeteria and was one of the first students on campus to be vaccinated.
“When I got the email saying I could get vaccinated, I just thought its something everyone will have to do eventually, so I said I may as well do my part now,” Fitzgerald said.
Among the vaccinated population on campus, were the Blessing Rieman College of Nursing students. These students were on the frontline in the hospital, often times being exposed to the virus.
While some students were excited for the opportunity to get vaccinated, others shied away from it. Student Joel Mcilroy opted not to get vaccinated, saying he doesn’t think that there is enough science behind it at this point.
“I’m not entirely against vaccines, I just think that at these early stages, we don’t know enough about the vaccines to make a smart decision,” Mcilroy said.
There are a number of people around the world who have decided against getting vaccinated, with most of them saying that it is still too early to make a decision like that.
Fitzgerald believes that Americans have been taking advice from scientists their whole lives, and doesn’t see why we should stop now.
“I mean, we’ve all been trusting doctors and scientists for every other disease, so why wouldn’t you trust them now?” Fitzgerald asked.
International students are grateful for the opportunity to be vaccinated, while vaccine roll-out plans in their home countries are not as advanced.
Craig Chisholm attends QU, coming all the way from Chester, England. Chisholm says that all of his friends at home can’t get the vaccine just yet, and would probably have to wait until July or August to get it.
“No one my age has it at home, so I think I’m really lucky to be able to have got it this semester, soon it’s going to be a requirement to travel so I’m just glad I’ve got it and can feel a little safer when I go out,” Chisholm said.
With the recent discoveries surrounding the complications of the Johnson and Johnson Vaccine, some students on campus have voiced their concerns, while others aren’t too worried.
“I mean if you look at the numbers, it’s less than a one in a million chance of getting a blood clot, so I’m not going to lose sleep over it,” Chisholm said.
Due to the advancement of the Adams County vaccine plan, people from surrounding areas have even travelled to Quincy in an effort to receive the vaccine.