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New Vaccination Guidelines Bring a Renewed Hope to ELHS

More possibilities arise with more student and staff vaccinations

Kennedy Holsapple

As of April 1, everyone 16 years and older is eligible to get the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in Connecticut. Even though freshmen and some sophomores aren’t old enough, the light at the end of this pandemic tunnel is getting brighter.

Junior Ritisha Ande got her first shot on March 25 through Pfizer. Because her father is employed through Pfizer, she was able to secure a spot early. She remembers her father sitting on the computer 30 minutes before the portal opened in order to get an early spot.

“You get your shot through the car. You sit in the car and they’ll come up to you, poke you, and you’re good,”
said Ande. She said it only took five minutes. The evening afterwards, she had a fever, headache, and a sore arm, but the next morning she felt fine. Ande got her vaccine through a drive through at Pfizer, but some sites require building entry. Like many ELHS students, Ande was ecstatic when she found out she was able to get vaccinated.

“I was so excited [when the appointment was booked]. I plan on coming back to school, and the only reason I didn’t come back [March 22] was because I was getting my shot [March 25] so my parents and I decided I should wait until I get the vaccine,” Ande said. She has been a Virtual Viking the entire year, and couldn’t wait to finally see her friends and meet her teachers. This new wave of vaccinations also prompted other questions about events that were previously canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions. Prom and Spirit Week are big concerns on people’s minds.

“I hope we’re able to end the year on a positive note. I hope graduates will be able to leave here feeling proud of all the things they’ve gotten to do,” said full senate advisor Stephanie Jenkins. Because ELHS has students under 16, Spirit Week and other school wide events will not return to normal this year. Right now, the tentative plan for Spirit Week is to hold it in the beginning of June and possibly livestream events and keep the dress-up days.

“We’re talking every single day about end of the year events and trying our hardest to make them as typical as possible, especially for the seniors,” Principal Deb Roselli-Kelly said.

According to CT.gov on March 19, “for commercial venues (e.g. weddings, office meetings, parties) the indoor capacity is 100 people. The outdoor capacity is 200 people.” Face masks and social distancing will also be mandatory. But, with more and moreConnecticut residents getting vaccinated and people still practicing COVID-19 safety measures, chances are that cases will continue to drop, and the amount of people allowed in venues could increase. Since prom is usually in May to June, there are still two months for guidelines to change.

“Everyone I’ve talked to has seemed really enthusiastic about it. Everybody wants life to go back to normal, and I’m hoping people feel the obligation to get the vaccine,” said senior class president, Caroline French. Even though no final decision has been made about prom, the senior senate is preparing for all scenarios and hopes their class will do their part to keep the school safe.

“As much as we can do, and have as much fun as we can have. We all are looking forward to some fun,” said Ms. Kelly.

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