By Jurry Taalib-Deen
Journal Staff Writer
At the beginning of the Covid-19 outbreak, many people, as well as healthcare professionals, thought younger people couldn’t catch the virus. But as the outbreak dragged throughout 2020 and well into 2021, that earlier thought proved to be wrong. As millions of older Americans continue to get vaccinated, Covid-19 infections continue to rise, but in the population that was once considered immune to the virus.
On Sunday, April 25, in the cafeteria of Scott High School, 2400 Collingwood Blvd, a joint collaboration between Toledo Public Schools, The Movement and Promedica, held a Covid-19 vaccine clinic.
Katie Wears, clinical nurse specialist for Promedica, told The Toledo Journal that a total of 148 people registered to receive the vaccine. At the start of the clinic, two Scott students attended to receive their shot.
“We’re offering the Pfizer vaccine, which is compatible for 16 year olds and up,” she said. Ms. Weeks said the vaccine is being offered at the right time, being that more young people are starting to contract the virus.
Angela Self brought her daughter Nichea, a 16 year old Scott student. “Nichea is the last one in our family to receive the vaccine. She doesn’t like shoots, so I had to convince her it wouldn’t hurt,” Angela Self said.
Further, Angela Self said she received an email from the school, the previous week, saying someone in the school tested positive for Covid-19. With that news, Ms. Self wanted to hurry to make sure her daughter got vaccinated.
“I think I’m the only one of my friends getting the vaccine,” Nichea said. “I really think many of the students aren’t taking this virus serious.”
“My dad is high risk for catching the virus, so I thought it would be a good idea if I got vaccinated,” said 22 year old, Lucas Bobak. “We really don’t know the long-term effects of Covid-19, so I’d recommend everyone get the shot.”
Lakya Lawson is an 18 year old Scott student. She admitted she was hesitant at getting the vaccine at first, because of the history of the American government and conducting covert experimentations on African Americans.
“After consideration, I thought it would be better to get vaccinated; it’s the best decision,” she said.