It’s no secret that the vaccine is desperately needed to overcome the COVID-19 global pandemic that has caused devastating death tolls and put so many lives at stake. Here are some people’s opinions about the vaccine.
Lauren Borkowski, a nursing student at Central Connecticut State University, said that she has received her vaccine through her employer, Yale-New Haven Hospital.
“I have positive and potential-positive Coronavirus patients daily,” Borkowski said. “It’s very exhausting how we have to gown up and off every time we go in a room. I’ve done CPR in all that gear, and it’s exhausting. Our voices are not heard.” Borkowski also highlights that all departments are short-staffed.
Borkowski reported no side effects from the vaccine other than a sore arm. Additionally, she said that she posted 48-hour updates on how she felt after the vaccine to show to her followers that there were no serious side effects.
“I want to show how proud I am that I have been vaccinated,” Borkowski said. “We want to change. All healthcare workers want you to get this vaccine. If you listen to our stories, we would be more than heroes in your eyes for what goes on inside those doors.”
Kayla Brown, a student at Central Connecticut State University, said she is hopeful and excited about the new vaccine to help return our lives to a state of normality.
“The prospect of not one, but two potential vaccines makes me very hopeful after such a long period of responsibly isolating/distancing,” Brown said. “I’m so hopeful that this country can work together to get back to normal, but improve and be even better and more united than before the pandemic started.”
Brown also said her mother is a hospital employee who also received the first vaccine.
“My mom works as a psychiatrist at a hospital, and she got her first vaccine last Monday and will get her second dose in a couple of weeks,” Brown said. “She said she felt amazing, and it did not hurt her at all… she had no side effects.”
Jayleen Flores, a student at the University of Delaware, said she was happy to find out that the vaccine was coming out and felt confident that it would help slow down the spread of COVID-19.
“To me, getting COVID is scarier than the vaccine because of all the unknown long-term effects,” Flores said. “Either way, it’s scary, so I am willing to get the vaccine as soon as I can. I also work at a daycare so getting the vaccine is very important to the centre.”
According to the select students interviewed, they reported excitement to get the vaccine and return to normal, and how the vaccine will improve our lives is a topic on many student’s minds. We can only hope this vaccine can is a light at the end of the tunnel. We hope that it will help bring back the brighter days that COVID had taken away through sickness, unemployment, and lack of time spent together.