By Jonathan Montes
Members of the under-25 crowd talk about their path to the COVID-19 vaccine and the life they hope for after the pandemic.
(Los Angeles, Calif., Collegian) — They get tips from emails at work or significant others offer information and even websites can be a source for where to get the COVID-19 vaccine for younger people.
Help can also come from neighborhood drug stores like CVS and Walgreens or community health centers.
L.A. County Department of Public Health claims those who seek vaccination will not be asked about their immigration status.
L.A. County public health data shows the 16-29 year age group, and the number of people who have received at least one dose of the vaccine.
The total number in that age group who have been vaccinated is 162,718 (9.5%). In other words, more young adults have taken the COVID-19 vaccine than the 215,975 people over the age of 80 who had been vaccinated near the end of March.
Millennials in Koreatown have been vaccinated, and they told the Collegian about their experience.
Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles serves as a permanent vaccine center. It is where 21-year-old Nicholas Cardona went for his shot. He lives in Los Angeles and is a former LACC student.
He got the Johnson & Johnson shot on his first attempt since his job at Universal Studios sent him an email.
“It was pretty easy,” Cardona said. “I just had to wait in line for about two hours. Once I got in front of the line, they asked me a couple of questions and just got the shot right after.”
Cardona had some advice for people who are considering taking the COVID-19 vaccine.
“Just be prepared to have a sore arm after and if it’s your second dosage, you might feel like garbage the next couple of days,’’ Cardona said.
One young man was a long way from home. Jourdan Ravallino is from Indonesia. He took the vaccine at Cal State Long Beach. This was his second attempt to get the vaccine, and he took the Pfizer shot.
“It was pretty quick and easy if you made an appointment,” Ravallino said. “I have another appointment in April, and I have to take two more shots.”
The L.A. City College student is taking a break. His major is graphic design. Ravallino described how he felt after he received the COVID-19 vaccine.
“I felt kind of sick but after that I felt better,” he said. “It was motion sick. I felt like I wanted to vomit and it was painful. I took an Uber and then a train back to my house from my vaccine appointment.”
Paolo Alvarado is 21 years old and lives in Los Angeles. He’s a butcher at Bristol Farms. Alvarado got the vaccine at a park near Loz Feliz. He received it on his first attempt, but he tried three times personally to find the right website to register. When he searched with his girlfriend, she handled everything. He took the Moderna vaccine, and he says he is supposed to get the Pfizer shot next.
“As soon as I got the shot, we were seated in an area for like 30 mins to see if we had any reactions and from there we were free to leave,” Alvarado said. “Yeah. It was a pretty smooth process not gonna lie. It was alright.”
Alvarado told the Collegian how he felt after he took the COVID-19 vaccine.
“It’s a lot of mixed feelings right there,” he said. “I was anxious and nervous the first two and three days after, but now that I’m in like the fourth day, I’m more relaxed about it because the pain has gone away.”
The federal government provides the vaccine to anyone who lives in the U.S. for free. Immigration status does not matter.
Not far from L.A. City College, Alejandro Montano works as a food and agriculture worker in Koreatown. The 21-year-old went to Dodger Stadium where he received the Moderna vaccine. He says that they picked the vaccine for him. It took four attempts for Montano to get the vaccine. First, he tried going to Walgreens, to CVS and to other locations. However, on his last attempt at Dodger Stadium, he succeeded.
“Honestly, for me for a lot of reasons just so I can’t catch it anymore,” Montano said referring to his bout with COVID-19. “I already had the virus and I don’t want to get [harmed] again.”
Montano talked to the Collegian about how he felt after he took the vaccine.
“I didn’t feel anything,” he said. “I didn’t take any medicine. You get some of the COVID-19 symptoms again, but then the next day it is gone. The pain in your arm stays a day or two.”