Come October four, schools that have been able to vaccine all of their staff and students will be able to go back to face-to-face learning. Into the run-up of that date, students have stood in long lines to get the jab. Vejea Alvarez tells us how some are preparing for the return to the classroom in the following report.
Vejea Alvarez, Love FM News: Hundreds of students and adults lined up at SJC Gymnasium today to receive either of the two COVID-19 vaccines. It is a sign of hope since the vaccination numbers have been low and many have still been resistant. The high rate of students being vaccinated had received praise as they have outnumbered the number of adults taking the jab. Love News understand that aside from the schools campaigning to have their students take the vaccine there is a legitimate desire from students themselves to return to the classroom.
Julian Aldana, Student, SJCJC: “Right now online school is very hard because I’m a very in real life person learner so right now online classes I have too much distractions at home making it very hard to focus so I can’t really learn as much as I would at school.”
Fitzroy Yearwood Jr, Student, SJCJC: “So far it’s quite different from the face to face but I’m holding up. I’m trying to adjust and working with the teachers and you know but it’s going good so far.”
Vejea Alvarez, Love FM News: Would you say you prefer the face to face environment ?
Fitzroy Yearwood Jr, Student, SJCJC: “Definitely. Because I’m more of a hands on learner and it’s easier to learn when I see the teacher doing it on the board or interacting and it’s quite easy to get distracted online.”
Vejea Alvarez, Love FM News: The need and desire to get back into the classroom is only shared by some as students such as 14-year-old Azariah Chaplin of St.Catherine Academy says she prefers the online method of learning.
Azariah Chaplin, Student, St.Catherine Academy: “Actually I have been doing online school for about say two years now and I secretly love online schooling because I just have everything I need at home and I can just move around freely and we actually get extended time to do certain assignments so I love online schooling.”
Vejea Alvarez, Love FM News: But classroom or not one common view that the students who I spoke to shared is that getting the vaccine is important. Some students we spoke to say that they’re taking the jabs willingly with no coaxing from teachers or parents.
Joseph Lambey, Student, SJCJC: “It wasn’t something forced upon me, it was more of a question of moral because of my parents and my grandparents because we visit them often so if I contracted the disease it would be easy to take them down because of their older age. So it’s better if I get safe for myself and them.”
Azariah Chaplin, Student, St.Catherine Academy: “It wouldn’t necessarily be that I’m forced. I guess my parents told me that I am able to do it but my father didn’t force me to do anything but I’m willing to do it because I just view it as like a flu vaccination shot. It doesn’t hurt, well in my case it doesn’t hurt and I’m not really scared of getting injections.”
Dhiraj Mukhi, Student, SJCJC: “It took some negotiation because I didn’t trust it at first because the Pfizer had just come out but after a while I felt like I needed to do it because the virus is getting out of control.”
Vejea Alvarez, Love FM News: What role did your parents play in that decision ?
Dhiraj Mukhi, Student, SJCJC: “A huge part.”
Vejea Alvarez, Love FM News: They supported you coming out today ?
Dhiraj Mukhi, Student, SJCJC: “Yes.”
Vejea Alvarez, Love FM News: And you wanted to do it ?
Dhiraj Mukhi, Student, SJCJC: “Now yes. At first no but now yes.”
Vejea Alvarez, Love FM News: According to the Ministry of Health and Wellness for this week alone over seventy thousand people between the ages of fourteen to seventeen have received at least one dose of the Pfizer vaccine.