🏠😷🦠 Life As A QuaranTEEN 🦠😷🏠 The UnifiEd Student Voice Team Blog Surrounding COVID-19
The distribution of COVID-19 vaccines has been a controversial topic, but considering the facts, it isn’t something to fear. Getting vaccinated is helping us get back to our normal lives and will prevent...
more people from getting sick. In Tennessee, more than 1.39 million doses have been administered so far (over 93,000 in Hamilton County), while there have been 75.2 million nationally and 244 million globally.
The vaccine is one step closer to getting Hamilton County Schools back to normal with in-person school and activities.As of February 22, 2021, all teachers and staff in Hamilton County were eligible to receive the vaccine. The vaccine is safe, and there is science behind it. We as a society must trust the scientists and doctors who are working with companies to develop and distribute the vaccine across the country.
Both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines rely on mRNA technology, which teaches our bodies how to protect against potential infection. While mRNA technology is relatively new, it has been rigorously tested and is nothing to be afraid of. A common misconception is that the vaccine alters our DNA. However, the vaccine itself never enters a cell's nucleus, where the DNA is kept, and therefore cannot affect our genetic makeup. Read more information about the mRNA vaccines here.
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which does not rely on mRNA, produces viral proteins within recipients and protects against the virus. Though the Johnson & Johnson vaccine (which only requires a single dose, as opposed to the two doses required by the two mentioned above) has a lower overall efficacy rate, it still prevents serious illness and hospitalizations. Regardless of which vaccine you choose to get,it is imperative that people trust the science behind immunizations so that more lives can be savedand the Covid-19 crisis can come to a close.
I remember learning about mRNA technology in my freshman biology class, and I thought the information was fascinating yet simple to understand. This being said, I would be more than comfortable with getting the vaccine when it becomes available to me. The science has been rigorously tested and is completely safe, so I don’t see any reason to fear immunization, especially for the greater good of my community. Also, I have family members who have already gotten the first shot, and I’m immensely grateful that they did. This means that I can visit family again, and that they are protected from being sick.
Hamilton County staff were able to receive the vaccine and are awaiting their second dose. They are included in phase 1B, including school bus drivers, school staff, and of course, teachers. It’s crucial to preserve in-person learning for all students who have committed to the physical classroom. Teachers being able to get the vaccine more early on is so unique and crucial for that matter. I’m grateful that the Hamilton County Health Department has prioritized educators in vaccine phase 1B, but that does not mean that everyone will want to. This also doesn’t mean that teachers and staff should be required to get the vaccine in order to come back to school. Having a choice in the matter is still important. However, it is imperative that most teachers get the vaccine to keep students in-person and maintain school faculty safety.
With three vaccines now available to the public, some people may be wondering which they should sign up for. However, the type of vaccine is insignificant, and all shots work to protect against the virus and any severe illness it can cause. It only matters that people continue to get immunizations and take all necessary precautions until the rest of the public can as well.Because even with COVID antibodies, it’s possible to transmit the virus unknowingly and potentially endanger populations who are not yet immune. So, keep wearing masks properly, washing your hands, and avoiding crowds. Stay safe, everyone!
Schedule your vaccination appointment today! Make an appointment: 1st dose (423-209-5398), and 2nd dose (423-209-5399). The Hamilton County Health Department has even arranged transportation to your appointment site if you do not have transportation. Schedule a transportation appointment in advance at 423-209-8383. There are three vaccination sites for the most possible convenience: Tennessee Riverpark, Carta Bus Park, and Enterprise South Nature Park. Click here for more information.