Students, teachers react to approval of Pfizer vaccine for ages 12-15

In the Middle

Recently, the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for children ages 12 and older. Teachers and students of Kingswood Oxford have some thoughts on how their school will progress as a community to return to “normal” restrictions.

English teacher Beth Repp said that she is very excited to see how the school will handle keeping track of vaccination records next year. “I’m very hopeful that the situation with the vaccine will become a more normal occurrence, just like the flu vaccine which is annual,” she said.

Even though the vaccine has been approved, Kingswood Oxford, along with many other schools in the area, are not thinking about loosening restrictions any more by the end of this school year, since it is almost the summer.

Students and teachers alike have their concerns about how students may react to the opportunity of receiving the vaccine.

“I am very excited to receive the vaccine,” eighth-grader Claire Mastella said. “However, I know that not everyone will be willing just like me, meaning that complete freedom from restrictions may not be the best option yet.”

Mrs. Repp felt similarly. “I know that not everyone may want to receive the vaccine. However, I think it is a matter of time before most people in America will want to receive the vaccine.”

Students like seventh-grader Vivianne Beaule have a positive outlook on continuing on with restrictions through the end of the school year. “I think that the current situation in terms of restrictions isn’t too bad,” she said. “We are able to get the most important tasks done in school while physically distancing enough that it is safe.”

While the restrictions due to COVID-19 aren’t too bad in the eyes of both students and teachers, there were some aspects of KO that they wish they could have back.

“I loved having the salad bar in the cafeteria,” Ms. Repp said. “However, COVID has left the cafeteria with the decision to pre-package all meals that were previously customizable by us members of the KO community.”

With the CDC loosening their restrictions, the KO community is excited for how we could be closer to normal in the next school year.