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RMSMC gets vaccinated: Learn about the staff’s experiences

RMSMC gets vaccinated: Learn about the staffs experiences

Editor’s note: This is an ongoing piece that began April 7. Check back for new tips, photos and stories of KCSU members getting their vaccines.
Last update: April 25

As of April 2, every adult over age 16 in Colorado gained eligibility to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Rocky Mountain Student Media is celebrating by sharing stories of our staff getting their vaccines.

Information about the vaccines and getting vaccinated are also dispersed through the article. At the bottom, find links to register for vaccination appointments.

Maddy Erskine
Local music director, KCSU

Maddy Erskine holds their lizard after getting their second vaccine dose April 24.

Currently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved three COVID-19 vaccines: Moderna, Pfizer BioNTech and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson). Moderna’s and Pfizer’s vaccines require two doses, given several weeks apart, to be effective, and Janssen only requires one.

Kota Babcock
News director, KCSU

Kota Babcock receives his vaccine through a car window April 21.

COVID-19 vaccines are currently free in Colorado, whether or not you have insurance. The vaccine administrators may ask you for your insurance card, but you should not be asked to pay for it by them or your insurance company, and you should not be turned away for not having an insurance card.

Jake Sherlock
Student media adviser,
Corporate communication manager, RMSMC

Jake Sherlock receives his second dose of vaccine through the window of a car April 21.

You do not need to be a U.S. citizen or to have any proof of lawful presence to get a COVID-19 vaccine in Colorado. Additionally, ICE cannot be active at or near vaccination sites, and information from these vaccinations cannot be used against you in public charge determinations.

Abby Vander Graaff
Content managing editor,
The Collegian

Abby Vander Graaff holds up her vaccination card after receiving her final vaccine dose April 21.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, vaccinated individuals are fully protected starting two weeks after their final dose of the vaccine. After this time, they can also safely visit personal residences of other vaccinated individuals or those at low risk of developing severe disease and travel without a pre- or post-test or quarantine period. Medium and large gatherings are still not recommended.

Kellie Trimmer
Marketing manager, RMSMC

Trigger warning: Needle poke, sensitive content.

Kellie Trimmer receives her vaccine April 3.

NoCo Gets Vaccinated is a program made to provide information and services, specifically for Black, Indigenous and Latinx communities, about vaccinations. These communities have a much lower rate of vaccination than the white community in Northern Colorado, and the CDC reports that these communities are also affected by hospitalizations and deaths significantly more than the white community. NoNo Gets Vaccinated wants to change that.

Anna Schwabe
Web editor, KCSU

Anna Schwabe waits in a makeshift cubicle for her first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine April 4. She biked from Fort Collins to Loveland to get her vaccine.

Ben Krueger
KCSU training director, 2021-22 station manager

Ben Krueger had an adventure while getting his vaccine April 3. Read his account, in his own words.

The setup

“It was a bright and sunny day, far away from a cloudy day.
“I scheduled (the vaccine) out of my UCHealth app and went to the Medical Center of the Rockies because it was the one my sister was getting hers at two hours earlier. We did not overlap.
“I ran in and talked to the people about getting the vaccine. I was in line for a few minutes, then sat down to get the shot.”

The vaccine

“They asked what arm they wanted it in. I thought about which arm I slept on, and … I exclaimed, ‘Right arm!’ excitedly.
“The nurse at this point in time was on my left, so I did what any good individual would do and started turning the chair around.
“She started telling me that she would come around, so sheepishly I turned my chair back.
“I just didn’t want her to have to get up if she was sitting.”

The wait

“Before I want to the observation area, I got my (vaccination) card.
“I heard an exclamation behind me
“‘Would you look at that?’ I hear a man say.
“I turned around to see what he was looking at. It was a TV showing random deep sea water critters. Everyone was entranced.
“Then we all oood and ahhhed — it was more of just the old man and his wife and me silently ooohing and ahhhing.
“After my seven minutes of observation, I got up and made a break for it.”

The escape

“I left and tried going back the way I came, (but) I don’t think I read the signage correctly.
“But this other man was with me, so I kept pushing forward. This person and I were committed to leaving the way we had come now, so I asked (an) employee if I could leave up the stairs, and they said yes, only (for us) to be thwarted by a potted plant at the top of the stairwell.
“It was placed perfectly so people would walk around it. This man looked at me, I looked back, and we both nodded and slinked past it.
“I left filled with joy, excitement for tomorrow, a new friend … and knowledge of some deep-sea critters — and (of course) live music making a comeback.”

Rachel Rasmussen
Marketing specialist, RMSMC

Rachel Rasmussen shows off her vaccine card (information blurred out) after getting her vaccine March 25.

Larimer and Weld Counties have put together a document of guidelines for vaccine providers. The purpose of the document is to attempt to make vaccine rollout as equitable as possible. The document includes guidelines for engagement, access barriers and communication.

Hannah Copeland
General manager, KCSU

Hannah Copeland received her first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine March 24. Gov. Jared Polis visited her car while she was there! Read an article by The Loveland Reporter-Herald below.

Registering for a COVID-19 vaccine:

Larimer County is offering vaccinations. Click here for its vaccination information page and a link to signing up for an appointment.
Colorado also has a directory by business offering vaccination appointments. Click here to find a compilation of links where you can register through places like King Soopers and Walmart.
UCHealth is offering appointments to those who join a waiting list, even for those who are not UCHealth members. Click here to find out how to get on the list.
Colorado State University’s Source put out an article with information about getting vaccinated and places to look for an appointment. Click here to view the article.

Editor’s note: This article was also posted on The Collegian’s website.