Vaccine: yes or no


18 months after COVID-19 shut down the whole country, we are still fighting wave after wave of the virus. Now, with the Delta variant taking the place of the original strain, we are seeing another spike in cases and deaths.

The public urged scientists to create a vaccine so we can “return to normalcy,” but now that a vaccine is out, some people refuse to get it.

I say everyone should get the vaccine. Those opposed for any reason other than a medical issue need to step up. I hope my opinion can change theirs so that our school is safer and we can get rid of the virus.

From late December to early February, cases were at their highest, and the country was experiencing 3,000-5000 deaths every day for about 55 days.

When the FDA approved public use of the vaccine, cases were at an all-time high. Within a month, cases dropped to where they were in July 2020. When the vaccine was approved for 12-17 year olds, the cases dropped once again. By June and July of 2021, the number of Covid-19 cases was the lowest it had been since before the first spike in March 2020. That alone shows that the vaccines are doing their job in keeping people safe and not contagious. About half of the nation has decided not to get the vaccine, but the large change in cases should be a good enough reason to get it.

It seemed like the vaccine was our only hope of stopping the spread; however, when the vaccine was ready, the conspiracy theories started circulating. From microchips being implanted to magnetized arms, there was always something that scared people away from the shot. By the way, if you own a phone or smart watch, the government does not need to microchip you to know your location.

After all of the conspiracy theories were proven false multiple times, the most recent theory has turned out to be a logical fallacy rather than an actual theory. The vaccine was meant to train immune systems enough to keep people out of the hospital and out of the grave. While people still can get Covid-19 with the vaccine, their chance of being hospitalized are almost zero.

One of my favorite excuses is that the vaccine came out relatively fast compared to other vaccines. While some vaccines take years to develop, those vaccines are precedent for similar diseases. COVID-19 is very similar to SARS. COVID’s full name is SARS-COV-2. There was a SARS outbreak from 2002-2004 in China. The vaccine for that was developed in 2003 and successfully stopped the spread of that disease. COVID-19 is similar in that the vaccine uses mRNA to introduce immune systems to the virus’s spike proteins. It shields immune systems from the virus if infected with the real thing. While the COVID-19 vaccine is new, the concept is not. The vaccine is free to the public. Cases are on the rise again, so there is no good excuse not to get the vaccine at this point. The FDA and CDC have more information about the vaccine on their websites. GET YOUR VACCINE!