As (teens) and young adults, there is always a nagging need to achieve autonomy; the opportunity to do just that has arrived. This is a chance to sit down with parents and guardians and discuss the values in deciding to sign up for a COVID-19 vaccination.
By | Saray Membrano
The moment many of us have waited for, since the first vaccine rollout, has finally been announced by our public health authorities. Youth ages 12-17 are now (newly) eligible to receive the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine, which has been recently approved to be administered by Pfizer-Biotech. While this decision may be good news to some, others might be skeptical of taking the initiative to get fully vaccinated this time around. With cases beginning to drop in BC and the possibility of experiencing a relatively normal summer on the horizon, it is more crucial than ever to continue to flatten the curve. It’s time to make a crucial decision in your life.
Personally, I believe one of the main concerns people may have about the vaccine shot is the potential side effects or if it truly is as effective as scientists claim it to be. There may be some cause to worry about something so novel, and those feelings are completely valid. Looking at the big picture, however, it is also true that although nothing can be guaranteed with 100% certainty, there is now ample proof that there are a variety of benefits to being vaccinated.
As more of the population gets their shot, transmission rates will dramatically decrease, which is beneficial when gathering in groups where it is nearly impossible to socially distance. The chances of potentially contracting any of the COVID-19 variants, will become slim, and not nearly as life-threatening. Throughout this pandemic, we have been told that the elderly, and those with chronic medical conditions, are at high risk. Teenagers and younger children, on the other hand, are on the lower end of the at-risk scale. Despite this, it does not necessarily mean we are all magically immune to the virus. Out of the 310,000 youth-aged in BC, approximately 8,000 positive cases have been recorded between the ages of 12 and 17. Regardless of the obvious low transmission in this group, the BC government is keen on taking any opportunity to vaccinate as many of us as possible; this should be a priority for all of us.
Aside from the statistics, it has now become our responsibility as the Notre Dame community to come together to power through this pandemic. By working together collectively and taking that extra step to stop the spread, we are all doing ourselves a huge favour. If things go well (and as anticipated), the 2021-22 school year can see us back to the conventional mode of school we’re all used to.
We all hope for an enjoyable summer with fewer restrictions and to reach the light at the end of the long, dark tunnel that we have all been trying to navigate this past 15 months. Considering we are privileged enough to be given this opportunity to further protect ourselves, and those around us, the best course of action is to listen to science.
Vaccines will be given out at local health clinics across the Lower Mainland. All you’re required to do is register using the following website: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/register
After completing the online process, you will receive a confirmation number that must be presented at the clinic on your appointment day. It’s that easy. Have the talk, earn your autonomy.
Let’s get vaccinated Jugglers!