FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- Snider High School sophomore Sophia Otto has a special reason for getting her COVID-19 vaccine.
Her grandfather passed away from the virus in November.
Now, she wants to protect others.
“I go out and I have fun and hang out with friends and stuff, and I don’t want to endanger other people who don’t do that by just being near them,” Otto said.
She’s one of five Fort Wayne Community Schools high schoolers who won $500 in Super Shot’s drawing for getting vaccinated.
The other winners are:
- Leo Wilkinson from Wayne High School
- Hussen Alshabani from South Side High School
- Meadow Vibbert from North Side High School
- Xayne Blair from Northrop High School
Super Shot Executive Director Connie Heflin said now is a critical time to get the shot.
“The Delta variant is very contagious and it’s spreading. It’s really testing our community’s resources,” she said. “So we really need everybody that’s eligible to get the immunization.”
A few weeks ago, only 5% of eligible FWCS students were vaccinated.
Now, public information officer Krista Stockman says it’s 18%.
She said she’s heard parents say they wanted to wait for the FDA approval.
“We hope now that it has gotten that final approval that they’ll really follow through on that and get their children vaccinated,” Stockman said.
Allen County Health Commissioner Dr. Matthew Sutter said vaccines and masking will allow schools to stay open.
“It’s really valuable for the kids,” he said. “I’d like to keep the schools open.”
Stockman said the district has seen more positive cases recently.
“One thing that we are constantly reminding parents is please pay attention, if your child has any symptoms of covid, please keep them home,” she said.
Otto said people who haven’t been vaccinated should at least think about it.
“Not exactly for yourself but for other people,” she said.
Super Shot is hosting a vaccination event this weekend for students to get their COVID-19 vaccines and their routine vaccines.
Information about that event can be found here.