VACCINATION AT LAST: WARTBURG STUDENTS BEGIN COVID-19 VACCINATION PROCESS

SILVIA OAKLAND & MADISON FREELAND, TRUMPET EDITOR-IN-CHIEF AND STAFF WRITER

Vaccines are coming to campus. 

On Friday, April 2, Wartburg College announced that the college would be partnering with an outside organization to offer COVID-19 vaccines on campus. 

“To do this, we need to find out how many Wartburg faculty, staff and students would be interested in getting the vaccine on campus to determine how many clinics will need to be scheduled and how many doses will need to be secured. At this time, we have no way of knowing which vaccine we will receive,” the announcement in the Juice read.

A few lucky Wartburg College students have already gotten their COVID-19 vaccines prior to the announcement. As of April 5, Iowa allows all adults age 16 and older to get a vaccination.

Some students have been deemed as essential workers.

Molly Coy, first-year journalism and communication major, was vaccinated at her hometown clinic over break between first and second semester.

“I work at a nursing home in Newton. I started that job at the beginning of the pandemic,” Coy said. “Over the break, I went back home and I picked that job back up and all essential workers, which I was deemed as such a worker because I was around those high-risk patients, qualify for a vaccine.”

VICTORIA DIETZ RECEIVED HER FIRST COVID-19 VACCINATION. DIETZ’S PERSONAL INFORMATION HAS BEEN COVERED.

Victoria Dietz, third-year political science and social work double major, got vaccinated at Meyer Pharmacy in Waverly. 

“I qualified through my job. I currently work at Cedar Valley Friends of the Family within the shelter portion,” Dietz said.

Both Dietz and Coy said their symptoms after receiving the vaccination were difficult, but manageable in comparison to having COVID or having the possibility of exposing friends, family or peers. 

“Receiving the shot wasn’t a problem for me. I went in, showed them my badge, and they gave it to me right then in there. The worst part about the experience is probably the days following, even the hours following,” Coy said. “I started feeling ill like I was on the verge of a fever and I got a headache. And I just felt pretty tired and, I don’t know, I felt like I could sleep for four hours but it was definitely worth it. It quickly went away after a few days so nothing too severe, I’d rather have a small fever than COVID.”

The CDC warns of the following side effects of the vaccine: pain, redness and/or swelling in the arm where the shot was administered. Throughout the rest of the body, the vaccine recipient may experience tiredness, headaches, muscle pain, chills, fever and/or nausea.

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to fill out the survey in The Juice to help estimate how many people are interested in receiving the vaccine on campus.

For more information about the vaccine on campus, email covidresponse@wartburg.edu.

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