Saturday, October 16, 2021

EDITORIAL: Students must get vaccinated

Cardinal Points

The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted life and made society reshape what normalcy is. Masks, hand sanitizer and social distancing are all terms that created the “new normal.”

Almost a year later, receiving the COVID-19 vaccine can help stop the spread and protect others from the deadly virus. Without receiving the vaccine, life simply cannot move forward.

Receiving two doses of Pfizer and Moderna, or even one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine can not only protect recipients from the virus, but can also protect others who have an increased risk of illness.

Two weeks after receiving a second dose, recipients are fully vaccinated. However, safety precautions should still be followed, since others may not have access to the vaccine.

According to the CDC, “Based on what we know about vaccines for other diseases and early data from clinical trials, experts believe that getting a COVID-19 vaccine also helps keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19.”

Stopping the spread of COVID-19 may stop the spread of other illnesses, so getting the vaccine should be in the public’s best interest.

Additionally, the CDC states, “A growing body of evidence suggests that fully vaccinated people are less likely to be infected without showing symptoms (called an asymptomatic infection) and potentially less likely to spread the virus that causes COVID-19 to others. However, further investigation is ongoing.”

This is a positive outlook for the future of the pandemic.

Recently, the SUNY Plattsburgh campus received doses of the Moderna vaccine for students on campus. Hopefully, the campus will receive more doses to ensure that the student body is fully protected from the virus. This could be the start of more activities, as well as the return of in-person classes.

As a campus, SUNY Plattsburgh must be safe and healthy for a return to normalcy. Students must take advantage of vaccination opportunities in order to have a regular college experience.

Get vaccinated for the safety of others, and for yourself.

 

 

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