Vaccine Brings Hope for Normalcy to Millennials
Members of the under-25 crowd talk about their path to the COVID-19 vaccine and look past any side effects to the life they hope for after the pandemic.
BY JONATHAN MONTES;
(Los Angeles, Calif./May 8, 2021) — They get tips from emails at work or scour websites for the latest information on where younger people can get the COVID-19 vaccine.
Help can also come from neighborhood drug stores like CVS and Walgreens or community health centers.
The federal government provides the vaccine free of charge to anyone who lives in the U.S.
The L.A. County Department of Public Health claims those who seek vaccination will not be asked about their immigration status.
Health Department data shows a trend among Millennials. The number of people who have received at least one dose of the vaccine is also charted.
The number of 16 to 29-year-olds who have been vaccinated is 162,718 (9.5%).
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.
Some newly-vaccinated Millennials hanging out in Koreatown told the Collegian about their experience.
Dodger Stadium in Elysian Park is a permanent vaccine center. That is where 21-year-old former LACC student Nicholas Cardona went for his shot.
Cardona lives in Los Angeles, and he received the Johnson & Johnson shot. He was able to get the vaccine on his first attempt after his job at Universal Studios sent him an email.
“It was pretty easy. I just had to wait in line for about two hours,” Cardona said. “Once I got in front of the line, they asked me a couple of questions and [I] 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 dos- age, you might feel like garbage the next couple of days,’’ he said.
Food-service worker Alejandro Montano went to Dodger Stadium to get his vaccine as well. The 21-year-old says the medical staff selected the Moderna brand for him.
The fourth time is the charm for Montano. First, he tried going to Walgreens, then two other CVS locations. However, on his last attempt at Dodger Stadium, he succeeded.
“Honestly, for a lot of reasons, just so I can’t catch it anymore,” Montano said in reference to a previous bout with COVID-19. “I already had the virus and I don’t want to get [harmed] again.”
Montano says he felt some of the virus symptoms after he got the vaccine.
“You get some of the COVID-19 symptoms again, but then the next day it is gone,” he said. “The pain in your arm stays a day or two.”
One young man traveled from the coast of Southeast Asia to Southern California to attend L.A. City College. Jourdan Ravallino is from Indonesia. The graphic design major received the Pfizer shot at Cal State
Long Beach on his second attempt. He says he planned ahead.
“It was pretty quick and easy if you made an appointment,” Ravallino said. “I have another appointment in April.”
Ravallino described moderate to strong vaccine aftereffects.
“I felt kind of sick…It was motion sick. I felt like I wanted to vomit, and it was painful,” he said. “I took an Uber and then a train back to my house from my vaccine appointment.”
Paolo Alvarado is a butcher at Bristol Farms and had his vaccine administered in a park near Los Feliz. The 21-year-old Angeleno was successful on his first attempt, although he had tried to find the right website to register for an appointment at least three times before that. When he searched with his girlfriend, she handled everything. Alvarado received the Moderna vaccine.
“As soon as I got the shot, we were seated in an area for like 30 minutes 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 tells the Collegian he was somewhat uneasy 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.”