DENVER (CBS4) – Many students, including seniors from Denver East High School, will soon have access to the COVID-19 vaccine. Starting Friday, all Coloradans aged 16 and over will be able to receive the Pfizer vaccine.
“I definitely feel safer knowing that students now have access to the vaccine,” said Hermela Goshu, a senior at East High School. “Young people felt they weren’t that affected, and so this extra layer of protection, extra layer of security, will ensure that not only teachers but students are safe too.”
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Another senior at East High School, Angel Koger, plans to get the vaccine.
“This is a group work, not just with your friends, but with the whole world. So we all have to take part and take it step by step,” said Koger.
Fiona Yohannes, also a student at East High School, is already fully vaccinated thanks to her volunteer program at the children’s hospital.
“I’m still alive, I breathe and I’m alive,” Yohannes told CBS4.
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She understands that some students may have reservations about the vaccine.
“At first I was scared,” said Yohannes. “But I was watching videos, reading articles, and once I understood what was going on and what was happening to my body, I felt a lot more comfortable stepping into this room and getting my shot.”
With access to the vaccine in sight, some high school students are looking forward to the future.
“I think it will help our schools get back to normal and get learning back to the way it used to be,” said Goshu.
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Governor Jared Polis says anyone who wants the vaccine will have it before the end of May. By July, Polis predicts widespread immunity across the state. Speaking at a press conference Monday, he said he also hoped the FDA would approve a vaccine for 12-15 year olds in good time before returning to school this fall.