Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna release COVID-19 vaccines

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According to the CDC, there are two COVID-19 vaccines. The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna.

Annalia Escalante, Staff Writer

It’s no secret that people all over are wondering when life will return to what it looked like before the COVID-19 era. The answer to that question could be very soon. 

On Dec. 11, 2020, the first Covid-19 vaccine was administered in the United States.

“I don’t trust it enough to take it just yet,” said sophomore Meghan Bennett. “I would like more research before it’s put in my body. It came out really soon which is shocking to me, but I don’t trust it yet.”

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are about 25 million vaccines that have been shipped out, as of January 11. The vaccine is taken in two separate doses manufactured by the companies Pfizer and Moderna.

“My mom hasn’t been vaccinated yet,” Bennett said. “Her job is offering it, and a lot of her co-workers have received it, but she’s going to wait until next year.”

Healthcare workers are among the first to be offered the vaccine, along with long-term facility residents. Many other Americans are deeply divided on whether or not they will choose to receive the vaccine when it is available.

 “I’m pretty confident in it,” said sophomore Andrew Sharp. “At the very least, I’d rather go with the potential risks that might come with getting it rather than the potential risks of not getting it.”

As listed on the CDC website, there are cases where symptoms might come along with getting vaccinated. Other nurses are still opting to receive the vaccine. 

At the very least, I’d rather go with the potential risks that might come with getting it rather than the potential risks of not getting it”

— Andrew Sharp

Sophomore Chase Bryant’s aunt decided to receive the vaccine.

“She did not receive any symptoms of tiredness, fevers, or the chills,” Bryant said. “Her arm was really, really sore, though.”

The worry for some comes from the timeframe the vaccine was produced in. According to historyofvaccines.org, the process for developing a vaccine can take up to 10-15 years.

“I feel like the length of time that it was worked on is something that could be noted in a good and bad way,” Sharp said. “One bad way is that it shows it could be rushed and have flaws. But it also shows a lot of dedication and perseverance from the people behind it. It’s coming from a country with medical developments I trust. We might not have the best system, but we’re pretty good with making innovations and stuff.”

As of January 22, 120 staff members have received the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.