Student ‘vaccine champion’ can’t wait to get back to doing the things she loves

Year 12 student, Molly Coleman, shares her experience of getting the COVID-19 vaccine and her plans for the future.

Molly Coleman, Year 12 student and School Captain at Ballarat’s Mount Clear College, was thrilled to receive her first vaccination as part of the final year secondary school student vaccination blitz. 

A keen netballer, swimmer and badminton player, Molly understands that getting the vaccine means getting back to playing the sports she loves and getting life back to normal as soon as possible. 

Molly managed to secure an online booking the day the website went live. The response from her classmates and friends to getting the vaccine is clear, “Pretty much everyone in my year level has either had their first jab or has an appointment booked,” she said. 

“Most of my friends have been vaccinated. We do it to keep ourselves safe but also to keep the community safe, so one day soon we can catch up together safely.” 

With a passion for travelling, Molly can’t wait to be able to hop on a plane and backpack her way through Europe. Her plans to travel to Japan during 2020 had to be put on hold but she’s hopeful that as more people get vaccinated, she’ll be able to re-schedule that trip in the not-too-distant future. 

“I’m young and want to go travelling. Getting vaccinated is a way to contribute to Australia’s effort to get out of lockdown and help get us back to normal,” she said. 

Molly hopes to attend university next year to study food science, dietetics or nursing and midwifery.