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Have no fear, the vaccine is here: Students discuss getting the COVID-19 vaccine

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Professors at Oklahoma State are in Phase III of Oklahoma's vaccine plan.

Get ready folks, the vaccines a ‘movin. 

Phase Three of the vaccine distribution process in Oklahoma began on Tuesday morning. 

This phase includes 2.5 million Oklahomans across the state such as educational settings, like students in preschool through 12th grade, daycares, early childhood facilities, collegiate universities and other post-secondary facilities. 

Deputy Commissioner Keith Reed pleaded with the public that now is the real chance to end this nightmare. 

“Now is the time to do your part to help stem the pandemic,” Reed said.

Mayor Will Joyce of Stillwater has been excited for the phase to move quickly. 

Joyce said that now is the time to take advantage of the opportunity to receive vaccinations. 

“I hope the summer in Stillwater will be close to normal, and certainly by next fall, with students coming back and all the excitement around a new semester and all the fun fall things that we do here in Stillwater, I’m really hopeful that we’ll be able to do that pretty close to the way we’ve done it in the past,” Joyce said. 

Junior Chloe Robinson is pumped to get back to normal, not just for herself but for the rest of the country. 

“I’m so excited, I think that’s just going to get back to normal, and I’m so in support of it,” Robinson said. “I think that the vaccine will really help and just get us back into normal life and just being able to get back into the community which I think we really need and we really miss out on a lot.” 

While Robinson’s grandparents have gotten the vaccine, she wants to let time run the course and wait slightly longer. 

John Ward, a computer science major, talked about his personal thoughts about the vaccine and how fewer restrictions would help the public eye more. 

“I feel like it will help open up campus,” Ward said. 

Ashley Bruner was asked how she felt about the state moving into phase three.

She immediately said, “sounds great.”

As university students are in the midst of their golden years, or for anybody for that matter, Bruner said that we shouldn’t panic because everybody will be OK, eventually.

“Being scared of it is not the solution, I think taking smart and logical steps towards going back to normal will be the solution,” Bruner said. 

With the sporting events still continuing at limited capacity, Bruner said she’s been in attendance at nearly all the home football games but has been taking the precautions she needs.

With her family, Bruner has had family members get the vaccine with no negative side effects. 

“If I were offered it, I probably would get it because I do get the flu shot and things like that, so, for me personally it makes sense, I know not for everyone, but I think I probably will get it,” Bruner said. 

Dalton Graybeal knows people who have gotten the vaccine, but knowing his age and his risk, he doesn’t feel too worried. 

“If there’s a giant spike in overall deaths, I would be more inclined to do it, but looking at the statistics, a one-third of 1% of mortality rate for anyone between 18 and 40, so I like my chances of not getting sick,” Graybeal said. 

Graybeal pointed out that people should stay safe but still maintain their rights as citizens. 

“I think the current climate we’re in now is not sustainable in terms of the expectations of us sacrificing some freedoms for security,” Graybeal said. “I’m glad to see us go back toward freedom, really.”

Emory Meursing thinks that the vaccine is great but especially for students in clubs, like fraternities and sororities. 

Meursing is also a gamer, which has changed his abilities to interact since the pandemic. 

“With the return of (events), I’m able to interact with my peers some more,” Meursing said. “It’d be a lot of fun to see all of them again, however, I can still do all of my stuff digitally, so regardless it doesn’t really affect me either way.” 

Junior James Gibson didn’t feel as bothered with public events then or now. 

“Honestly, I was comfortable with it either way, most people who are attending those events are younger and the side effects and the effects of COVID are less for people who are younger anyways,” Gibson said.