IT'S WORTH

To slow the spread of COVID-19, pharmaceutical companies create vaccines that students above the age of 16 are eligible to receive

A SHOT

EXPECTATION:

“Guthrie actually called my father to tell me that I was eligible for it. I was expecting it to be more like an actual doctor’s office. I was also expecting my arm to hurt, or a possible fever.”

REALITY:

“It was actually set up in an old K-Mart, so it seemed less formal. I was surprised they had a preferred name and pronouns option on the form. They also took into consideration allergic reactions and other factors and had a nurse go over it with you to make sure you would be safe. My arm didn’t hurt, and I also didn’t get a fever after getting the shot.”

REPORTING BY RIA GUPTA
AND GWENDELYN WIELAND

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Elliot Bates, 10

EXPECTATION:

“Both of my parents had gotten their vaccines. My mom received the single shot, and my dad got his first dose. I was prepared to get the shot and expected things to be very hectic. I didn't think much would happen with the first dose as most people weren't affected by it.”

REALITY:

 “It was a very calm and organized environment. I know some people had sore arms, but I had lots of movement on crutches, so I never felt that soreness. I'm very glad to do my part protecting people like my grandpa by getting the vaccine.”

Bethany Dabich, 12

EXPECTATION:

 “I honestly expected the shot to be much worse than it truly was. I also figured the process to get the vaccine would not be that organized.”

REALITY:

“When I got the vaccine I barely felt anything, and I had no side effects. The entire process was extremely easy and straightforward.”

Anonymous

                                 “On April 9, junior Josiah Wieland sits in the waiting area after receiving the Pfizer vaccine at the Arnot Mall. “My mom and I waited in the car for a few minutes so we didn’t crowd the halls, and then it took five minutes to get in, do the few forms, and get the needle in. It was painless, and I didn’t really feel it,” Wieland said. “I got vaccinated because I wanted to hang out with my friends sometime later, and I didn’t want to have the risk of getting infected or at least wanted lower symptoms if I

did get infected.” 

Giving It a Shot

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