Teens, now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine, looking forward to inching toward normalcy

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — More than 1.3 million Hoosiers 16 and older became eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations on Wednesday, and many in the Wabash Valley are already making appointments.

For Zach Spencer and his brothers, getting the vaccine was an easy decision. They say it’s the first step to getting back to a normal life.

Zach said his decision to get the shot started with a simple conversation with his mother Rachel.

“We were in the car with everyone there, and Mom said, ‘Does anyone over 16 want to get the vaccine?’ And I said, ‘Yeah,'” he said.

Zach’s a sophomore at Terre Haute South, and said that after being on a semi-virtual schedule for more than a year, he’d like to try and gain a sense of normalcy.

“It’ll add an extra sense of security, and if everyone at school gets vaccinated, it’s a source of stress that’s going to be gone,” he said.

His mother Rachel said she supports her kids’ decision to get the vaccine. She has received it herself.

“We’re not high risk and if any of us got COVID, we’d be inconvenienced but we wouldn’t be terribly sick,” she said. “But we’re active in our church community and out in the community. We don’t want to spread to someone who is at risk.”

Though there’s not much data showing what the long-term effects of the vaccine are, Zach said he just wants to do his part to get to the other side of the pandemic.

“I’m going to be a part of one of the last groups to get vaccinated,” he said, “and obviously there aren’t any widespread side effects with everyone else that’s been vaccinated, so I don’t think there’s any reason to be apprehensive.”

Currently, 16- and 17-year-olds can only receive the Pfizer vaccine. Health officials say when scheduling appointments, teens should look for a sit that lists P-VAX or call 211 and ask for a site offering the Pfizer vaccine.

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