Vaccinating college students
Gov. Mike DeWine is working to catch college students while they are still on campus, to get them a one-dose COVID-19 vaccine shot, assuming a planned shipment of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine hits the state this week.
With Ohio’s institutions of higher learning getting the chance to offer vaccine clinics for students, an important step is being taken, despite the widely held belief that college students need not worry about the virus.
Though it is true they may be more likely to exhibit no symptoms, or experience mild symptoms when infected, the lower risk to their own bodies does nothing to diminish their ability to transmit the illness. If the shipment of between 67,400 and 171,900 doses this week is indeed used on college students, it could mean tens of thousands of young people who are no longer a threat to the older or more vulnerable members of their families and communities to which they return in May.
“While fewer of our young people get sick from COVID, the evidence clearly shows they are significant carriers,” DeWine told another media outlet. “And they’re significant carriers because of their interaction with other people.”
If you know a college student who can take advantage of the opportunity this week, let them know. Encourage them to do it not only for themselves, but for the rest of us.