By Maggie Akers
On December 29th, the Director of Health Services, Nurse Judy Bearman received the vaccine along with the three other nurses, Nurse Barbra Guyton, Nurse Caroline Williams and Nurse Lindsey Adams.
The COVID-19 vaccine is officially being distributed to healthcare workers and people over the age 65. We are currently in phase 1a1, so the vaccine is being given to healthcare workers and dependent disabled adults.
The Moderna vaccine is 94.5% effective, while the Pfizer vaccine is 95% effective. Because both are two-dose vaccines, it is recommended to keep track of time between the first shot and second shot. Even though a vaccine has been created and currently being distributed, it is still crucial to continue following COVID-19 guidelines to maintain lower numbers.
After receiving the second dose on January 27th, the nurses did have some effects but they went away in 24-36 hours. “Side-effects are part of our body's response to the vaccine and developing antibodies to protect us from COVID.” Says Nurse Judy.
It is expected that the vaccine will be out for the general public by April 2021. St. Mary’s has said that it will be expecting students to fully return to in-person learning once 70% of the student body has received the vaccine.
Nurse Judy Bearman encourages people to get the vaccine and says “Do not believe social media or what you may hear from friends, trust the science.”
For & By Students
Our website videos were made in partnership with St. Mary's video-making publication, Bella Vista.
Click on the author or artist's name to view more of her work!
HAVE AN ARTICLE IN MIND?