by Alexandra Samargia / Staff Reporter
After a year of the COVID-19 pandemic impacting the world, vaccines have begun to become more available. Illinois recently moved into Phase 1C of the vaccine rollout, which includes people aged 65 to 74, people aged 16 to 64 with underlying medical conditions and other essential workers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, as of April 12, any Illinois resident over the age of 16 is eligible to receive the vaccine.
In fact, some Roosevelt University students said that they already received the COVID-19 vaccine. Miranda Gomez, a freshman psychology major and legal studies minor, said that she was able to get her vaccine at Amazing Grace Nursing Home in Norwood Park, IL because she works in higher education. According to Gomez, she did not have any adverse symptoms after the first dose.
“It is so nice. I’m excited to finally see my friends and family again. I plan on waiting until I get the second shot to really go out or anything,” Gomez said.
Emma Tierno, a sophomore musical theatre major, said that she was also able to get her COVID-19 vaccine shot at Walgreens. Tierno said that even though she doesn’t usually react poorly to vaccines, she had a sore arm for a couple of days after receiving her first dose.
Roosevelt is offering students to get the vaccine on campus on April 14th, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. where the Johnson and Johnson (Janssen) vaccine will be administered.
“It’s the most relieving thing to actually be able to see a light at the end of the tunnel,” Tierno said. “But I will admit that it’s going to take some getting used to start doing things I would do pre-COVID, obviously still with precautions like wearing a mask.” She said that she plans on enjoying a trip to Disney World soon.
Other students, like Pierce Nostrala, a freshman majoring in jazz piano performance, also said that he was able to get the vaccine through the school for being an essential worker. He said that he did not have any symptoms after getting the first dosage.
“We’re not through the woods yet, but I can see the light that’s for sure,” Nostrala said, “I’m excited to travel and see my family.”
All three students said that they will be getting their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine after the three-week period in-between doses.
“However, it is our expectation and goal that more classes will be face-to-face than this last year has allowed,” The Dean of Students wrote to students. Based on the course finder, more classes are scheduled to be face-to-face starting in the fall.
More information can be found on the Illinois Department of Public Health website regarding the COVID-19 vaccine, vaccination locations, eligibility and more.
“Just being able to hang out with friends that I haven’t seen in over a year is just so exciting in itself.” Tierno said.