Student athletes react to vaccine push by state

"Overall, I think we'll come out of this better than we went into it."

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)- At his weekly COVID-19 briefing Wednesday, Governor Dan McKee compared getting student athletes vaccinated to being a team player. But not every high school athlete is ready to play ball with the shot.

Some students are still concerned about potential risks of the vaccine. South Kingstown junior Ana Abrahamson told ABC6 while most of her classmates are fully vaccinated, she has some hesitations.

“Not knowing the risk isn’t really settling for me to get the vaccine,” she said.

Other students have strongly felt the impact a lack of vaccines made on their school year. Owen Cunnie, a senior cross-country runner from Narragansett, is fully vaccinated, and is hoping to see some normalcy before he graduates in June.

“It’s kind of just felt like we completely took a pause, and maybe we still haven’t returned yet, you know?” Cunnie told ABC6. “Everyone’s just bee holding on.”

Cunnie said a lot of the pandemic has consisted of trying new ideas and new restrictions and seeing what works, and what doesn’t.

“Overall, I think we’ll come out of this better than we went into it.”

The Rhode Island Scholastic League is also making vaccines a priority. Executive Director Michael Lunney said a lack of athletics impacts a student’s performance in the classroom.

“That had a huge impact of the academic success of the kids and attendance in school even if it was distance learning just the fact that they knew they could participate in their sports helped them log on and get their work done.”

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