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Vaccines and The Return to Normal: Student Opinion

Pfizer COVID Vaccine | Illustration by Kayli Thompson | The Wright State Guardian

The coronavirus vaccine is now available to Ohioans ages 16 and up, giving Wright State University (WSU) the chance to prosper once again. Governor Mike DeWine stresses the importance of college students getting the vaccine to help communities return to normal.  

Focusing on colleges 

Gov. DeWine stresses the importance of getting college students vaccinated as he emphasizes the interactions students have more often than others.  

“We are going to try and vaccinate every college student in the state who wants the vaccine,” DeWine said. 

Chief Medical Officer of the Ohio Department of Health Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff understands this importance and notes that Ohio still has a way to go.  

“Ohioans, understandably, want to get their lives back to normal but they also want to do that responsibly. People want a mile marker, something that can be a reasonable signal that our vaccinations are having enough impact that mandatory restrictions are no longer necessary,” Vanderhoff said.  

Student Opinion 

With plans underway to bring back students for the 2021 summer and fall semesters, WSU needs to keep its members safe. The more people that get vaccinated, the more it will play a pivotal role in these plans coming to fruition. 

Junior WSU communications studies major Jacob O’connor weighs in with his opinion on the vaccine.  

“I think the vaccine will give student organizations the chance to thrive again at Wright State. The university needs these organizations to retain students from a declining population. Hopefully, this will change with more and more Raiders being vaccinated,” O’connor said.  

O’connor is hopeful that society will gain back some normalcy from everyone getting vaccinated.  

Anyone ages 16-years-old and older planning to register for vaccination, visit Ohio’s ODH – Check Vaccine Eligibility (  website.  

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