GCHS staff offered COVID-19 vaccine

Olivia Wachsman, Executive Editor

   Since the news that the first COVID-19 vaccine had been administered in the United States on December 14,2020, many people have been debating whether or not they would be receiving the vaccine as well. 

   G.C.H.S. staff have the opportunity to get the vaccine on January 20, however, mixed opinions still exist as to whether the vaccine is too large of a risk to take. 

   For some teachers, like Jamey Wachsman, receiving the vaccine seems like the simple answer. Wachsman has no concerns over getting the vaccine.

   “I think the only reason there is to not getting the vaccine is if you are allergic to one of the active ingredients,” said Wachsman.

   Others feel they have to get the vaccine as a way of protecting those around them. With 60% of the U.S. population having health conditions that put them at a higher risk for COVID-19, even those who do not suffer from a condition can endanger the lives of others.

    Drama teacher Joy Smith feels it is important for her to get the vaccine to help decrease the chances of putting others in harm’s way. Living in a household with two at risk parents and a son with a compromised immune system, Smith views the vaccine as an important step in keeping her family safe.

   “There are always questions about long-term effects, but I think that the benefits outway the risks,” said Smith.

   Some people feel it is still too soon to get the vaccine and would feel more comfortable waiting until more information is available regarding the long-term effects. 

   Coach John Rogers believes he will eventually end up getting the vaccine, but has decided to wait until more rounds have been administered.

   “My wife is a nurse and she’s all for it, so I think I will get it eventually, but for right now I’m going to just hold off for a little while longer,” said Rogers. 

   Administrator Tiffany Fillingam has also decided to hold off for right now so she can monitor the effects of the vaccine. 

   “I had COVID at Christmas so my body naturally has the antibodies, so for right now I think I am just going to wait and see how these first rounds go,” said Fillingam.

   For history teacher Shay Howell, a more natural approach to the virus seems preferable to the vaccine. Howell does not plan on getting the vaccine any time in the future.

   “I’m more of a glass of orange juice and exercise type of person,” said Howell. 

   Biology teachers Justin Evans and Tracy Wagner both feel that receiving the vaccine is a step in the right direction.

   “Of course there are concerns, but the risks outway the concerns,” said Evans.

   “I’m just going to trust the science and trust that they know what they are doing,” said Wagner.

   Superintendent Wade Whitney received the vaccine because he feels an importance in showing up to work and doing his job.

   “I’m a work-aholic and I can’t imagine having to miss work for 14 days,” said Whitney.

   The teachers who receive the vaccine will return in roughly three weeks for their second booster shot.