COVID Vaccines And The Beginning Of The End Of The Pandemic



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The COVID vaccine is a beacon of hope for the end of the pandemic.

Bailey Briggs, Staff Writer

“The vaccines bring hope and healing in so many ways,” President Joe Biden said in a press conference on March 10th. 

President Joe Biden secured 100 million doses of the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine in an effort to get American adults vaccinated by the end of May 2021. 

According to the CDC, all of the vaccines available in the United States are extremely effective in preventing hospitalization due to COVID-19. Vaccine distribution is moving faster than we ever thought it could. As of March 5, 2021, Colorado has entered stage 1B.3 in its vaccination distribution plan, which means people who work in grocery stores, agriculture, and those with more than two or more high-risk health conditions are able to get the vaccine. 

President Biden has also been bringing the American people relief in other ways, his COVID stimulus package will include tax credits for people with children and stimulus checks for the unemployed. He is making history and at the same time bringing much-needed relief to Americans ravaged by the pandemic. 

In his relief plan, Biden intends to give families with dependents, like children, $1,400  checks. It will also expand tax credits for people with children. The stimulus package will provide much-needed funding to schools, which is intended to help open schools back up. This package provides 1.9 trillion dollars going straight into the pockets of Americans. 

It finally feels like we have made it to the beginning of the end of this pandemic, although students are still unsure of where we stand as young people, awaiting the vaccine. 

“I don’t know how I would react to it,” Madelyn Harris, a Columbine High School sophomore, said.

This is the reality for many young people, teens have not been made a priority in vaccine distribution due to our stronger immune systems, and most of the vaccines approved in the United States have not been deemed safe for people below the age of 18. 

While our teachers are getting vaccinated, and that should make us feel safer, not all students feel that way. “I am not vaccinated, so I don’t feel any better than before,” Riley Briggs, DRHS freshman, said. 

High schoolers want pre-pandemic life to come back, they want to see their friends like they used to, and for school to go back to normal, and Biden securing all of these vaccines for the American people is certainly a step in the right direction and a sign that we are at the end of the tunnel when it comes to COVID-19.

Nurses at the National Western Conference vaccinating our teachers.
(Tiffany Briggs )