Vaccine Voices: Every vaccine is another step toward herd immunity

Liam Russell is 16 years old and a junior at Corvallis High School. He uses a power wheelchair for mobility and likes to read, draw, hang out with his friends and to go out to eat good food. He’s been doing distance learning since March of last year. Liam and his parents will get their second doses of the Pfizer vaccine (which is recommended for ages 16 and older) this coming Monday, Feb. 1.

Liam shares: “I got the COVID-19 vaccine to protect myself, my family, and my community. I knew that because of my disability, COVID was more serious for me. I took the vaccine because I believe in science, and I know that every vaccine given is another step toward herd immunity. For me, the vaccine is the light at the end of a year-long tunnel. Even though my friends and I have been able to hang out together outside, socially distanced, with masks, it’s just not the same. I also miss my school community. I miss seeing my teachers in person. I really look forward to having my senior year be in person again. When quarantine is over and it is safe, I want to go to Portland and eat some great food, like Din Tai Fung or Queen of Sheba, and maybe go to Powell’s Books.”

As OHA learns more about when and where vaccinations are available, information will continue to be posted at covidvaccine.oregon.gov and vacunacovid.oregon.gov.

This article first appeared in the Jan. 28, 2021 issue of Oregon Coronavirus Update.