Students say they will take COVID vaccine

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In an informal Campus Current poll, students, slightly more than half said they plan to take the COVID-19 vaccine.

Maia Brown, Reporter

AACC students said in November they will take the COVID-19 vaccine once it becomes available.  

In an informal poll of 20 students, 11 said they plan to take the vaccine; four said they would not take the vaccine; and five are undecided.  

I have a long history with vaccines,” Renata Stanescu, a high school student taking classes at AACC, said. “As long as there’s proper testing, I feel fine taking the COVID vaccine.” 

More than 100 COVID-19 vaccine candidates are under development, with a number of these in the human trial phase. 

The COVID-19 vaccine is intended to help the body develop immunity toward the virus. One pharmaceutical company has requested approval for emergency use and two others are showing promising results in their testing on humans. 

“I would see what the actual affects are and then yes I would get it, Lynette Lamp, a third-year AACC psychology student, said. 

Erica Hebb, a high school student  taking classes at AACC, said she would take the vaccine once it becomes available. “I think with timing once it’s decided it’s safe it’ll be somewhat effective,” she said.  

“The labs that are putting their names on the line for the vaccine, they will do everything possible to play by the book,” a fourth-year AACC paralegal student Silvia Neverdon said. “They are trying to do everything possible to get it done in order for us to be immune to this virus.” 

Joshua Kirk, a second-year communications student, said he would definitely take the vaccine once it becomes available. “There’s way more benefits than shortcomings” to taking the vaccine, he said 

But three students in the poll said they will not take the vaccine because they are unsure of how their bodies will react to it 

“You don’t know how a person’s immune system is going to react,” third-year AACC humanities student Rebecca Shetterly said. “I’m very unaware of how it’s really going to affect the person and it kind of seems very rushed.”