June 4, 2021—COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective and free. And
virtually anyone 12 and older who wants one can now get a shot. That’s
good news in America’s fight against the pandemic. But not everyone
is seizing this opportunity.
That may be particularly true of young, healthy people. Polls suggest some
in Gen Z are hesitant when it comes to the vaccine.
A vaccine for all generations
COVID-19 vaccines help protect old and young alike. Whether to get one
is a personal decision. But if you’re hesitant, maybe you just haven’t
found your reasons yet.
If so, you might want to consider these:
Colleges may require it. Many colleges and universities have already said that they will require
students to get a COVID-19 vaccine before they head back to campus. Getting
a shot now could head off any potential issues with that this fall.
It could be good for your social life. When you’re fully vaccinated, you can enjoy more activities safely,
according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For instance,
you can meet up indoors unmasked with vaccinated friends, as well as unmask
for small outdoor gatherings--and you can travel safely within the U.S.
In the big picture, each time someone gets vaccinated, we all move a little
closer to doing normal things again, like going to concerts or sporting events.
The side effects are generally mild. Some people don’t experience any side effects at all. Those who do
often have mild symptoms, like a sore arm, headache, chills, tiredness
or fever. And these should only last a few days. They’re normal
signs your body is building immunity. Also good to know: You can’t
get COVID-19 from any of the vaccines. Serious allergic reactions or complications
are rare, and long-term side effects are unlikely.
You’re helping to protect your loved ones and your community. If you’re healthy and young, you may not be at high risk for severe
COVID-19. But if you get infected, you could spread the illness to someone
who is. That could be a friend, a loved one or someone you’ve never
met. Last summer, many parts of the country saw a surge in COVID-19 infections.
And researchers linked it in part to infections spreading from young people
to older people. Getting vaccinated is a good way to show you care about
the health of others.
Southeast Georgia Health System is offering COVID-19 Pfizer vaccines for
all individuals age 12 and older at its Brunswick and St. Marys
Vaccine Clinics. Pfizer is the only COVID-19 vaccine currently approved for those aged
12-18. Appointments can be scheduled online at