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Assisted living community in Austin receives COVID-19 vaccines

Rachel Mills
Updated: January 20, 2021 07:14 PM
Created: January 20, 2021 04:17 PM

(ABC 6 News) - Walking into The Cedars of Austin, It looked like a party with balloons, streamers and posters everywhere. Residents and staff said it was definitely a day for celebration. 

"I didn't know what to expect, but I didn't feel anything," Bettie Mills, a resident, said. "I'm so tired of being confined. I think maybe this will give us more freedom." 

The Cedars was among the first assisted living communities in Austin to get the vaccine, and it was a day they had been preparing for.

"They come in and go to the first station, she reviews that prep work that we did with them, and the important thing is verifying if they've ever had any reactions to vaccines or allergies. They get the vaccine, and the next step is that they monitor them," Lisa Nelson, the director of sales and marketing at The Cedars, said. 

The significance of the day resonated with several residents who remember when the Polio vaccine was invented.

"When we talk to our residents, a lot of them equate it to the old days of the Polio vaccine. They said that they would stand in line and just hope that they could get the polio vaccine, where here they know that they're going to get it," Nelson said.

"Now that we have the shot, I hope they let us go back to playing cards at least," Mills said.

The residents were not the only ones being vaccinated. Staff members also received the shot. 

"It's a little overwhelming when you stop and think about the risks and things like that, but I'm excited to have it," Carol Weber, the business office manager, said.

After getting the vaccine, everyone received their own vaccine I.D. card.

"It's a vaccination card that you keep with you the rest of your life. It's really important," Nelson said. 

Without a digital copy, it's important they keep it somewhere safe.


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