COVID-19 has wreaked havoc globally, causing everyone to be affected in some way. Although the time in quarantine is nearing a one year anniversary, there seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel. Scientists have been working diligently so that we can all get back to normalcy within our lives. They have […]
COVID-19 has wreaked havoc globally, causing everyone to be affected in some way. Although the time in quarantine is nearing a one year anniversary, there seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel. Scientists have been working diligently so that we can all get back to normalcy within our lives. They have made great use of the quarantine to create a new vaccine to help prevent the spread of the virus. The vaccine is currently authorized for use in the U.S. in two forms: Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna. Despite being relatively new, the vaccine has already seen limited distribution to healthcare personnel and residents of long-term care facilities.
A CB student and a student’s mother are two of the first people to receive this new product. Liz Cotillo (‘21) works at Eskaton Lodge Gold River and Jasmine Moore’s (‘21) mother, Denise Moore, for Kaiser.
Although this vaccine has the potential to lead to the end of the pandemic, it is something that is not required for all to take. However, in certain fields such as the medical and health fields, caretakers are required to due to the safety and concern of their patients. This was the case for Ms. Moore. She says that the reason she took the vaccine was due to the protocols at Kaiser. Liz’s job did not require her to receive the vaccine, but she wanted to for personal reasons.
“It can lower my chances to get the virus, even though I’m not 100% about it,” says Liz. “And a lot of medical advisors have recommended it, so I wanted to try it.”
Having only taken a year to create, the unfamiliarity of the vaccine is something that makes many people uneasy about receiving it. For both Ms. Moore and Liz, there were a sense of nervousness and relief before being one of the first recipients of the vaccine.
“I was initially nervous when thinking about it months ago. Then just prior to it, I felt happy that it was an option,” says Ms. Moore. “I did a lot of my own reading and listening to some podcasts about it made me feel good going into it.”
“I was more nervous than anything because I didn’t know the side effects. Obviously, my side effects could be worse than other people,” says Liz. “I’m relieved, though, that after all this there might actually be something to cure the virus.”
The concern for many about getting the vaccine is the unknown aftermath it may take on one’s body. But after receiving the new product, Liz and Ms. Moore said they felt fine.
“I feel normal so far,” Liz says. “I have a friend at another care home who told me she felt numbness, but I don’t feel any at all.”
“My arm was pretty sore and for a few hours it was difficult to raise it above shoulder level. That was the only side effect,” says Ms. Moore.
Adding a new layer of safety would lead many to becoming more comfortable and less cautious about their approach to Covid-19, but both essential workers plan on taking the same measures to counter the virus. They both believe that it is crucial to wear a mask and continue to social distance.
The big question that everyone wants answered is whether or not they should look into getting the vaccine as well. Ms. Moore 100% recommends getting the vaccine to anyone that is interested.
The vaccine is just one step to returning to the way life was previously. We all want to get back to our normal lives before quarantine, but for that to happen we must follow CDC guidelines. Wear your mask and be sure to socially distance. Stay safe, CB!