Teenagers discuss why they are getting vaccine now that eligibility is expanded in Ohio

Teenagers discuss why they are getting vaccine now that eligibility is expanded in Ohio
Individuals 16 and older now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine in Ohio

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Seventeen-year-old Evan Calderwood has been handing out tough love.

“You need to man up this one time for the vaccine,” said Calderwood after his friends told him their fear of needles is keeping them from getting the COVID-19 immunization.

Individuals 16 and older now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine in Ohio

“If you think you’re invincible, you need to protect other people,” said Calderwood.

That’s the exact reason why 19 year olds Zane Gagliardi and Laila Tyler found themselves at the Wolstein center early Monday morning.

“I personally lost my grandfather to COVID, so I’m ready to do my part,” said Tyler.

According to the CDC, people under 30 made up more than 20% of COVID-19 cases last summer.

“I actually had COVID this semester and it was not pleasant at all,” said Gagliardi. “So, I wouldn’t wish that on anyone.”

But not everyone is happy that vaccine eligibility has expanded.

“People are pretty angry that people my age are getting it before they can get it because they’re having issues scheduling,” added Calderwood.

“We’re just trying to protect our teachers and our friends and our families,” said Tyler.

Anyone 16 or 17 must have an adult present with them during the vaccination or they will be turned away.

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