Nursing Home Residents get the Pfizer Vaccine

Nursing Home Residents and Staff get Vaccinated
Published: Jan. 5, 2021 at 6:22 PM CST
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Staff and residents at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Millard welcomed Tuesday’s visitors with bare arms.

Walgreens employees administered the first of the two doses of the Pfizer vaccine.

Autumn Smith, Supervisor of Therapy and Rehab at the nursing home, said she got the vaccine to protect herself, friends, and family. She also got it to protect the residents of the facility.

“So that their families could hopefully come back and see them soon. We know it’s not an overnight process, but we’re really looking forward to the future,” Smith explained.

Nearly all of the resident, 91 percent, chose to get the shot.

“They’d ask me if I was getting it and I’d say yes and they’d say me too,” Smith said.

Merna Priestly was one of them.

“It doesn’t hurt. So far I don’t have a sore arm or anything,” Priestly, a resident at the nursing home, said.

She said getting the vaccine was an easy choice. She remembers another epidemic of a highly infectious disease.

“Polio was a bad thing at that time,” Merna added.

At that time she also got vaccinated.

“They put the serum in sugar cubes, and we went down to the city auditorium and everyone got in line and got the sugar cubes and took them,” she explained.

Merna said seeing other resident line up to the COVID-19 vaccine brought her a little joy.

“I’ve seen people that I haven’t seen for months that I could say hi to and talk to,” she said. “We lost a lot of people before and now I can see who we still have there you know.”

Residents and staff said they feel like they’re one step closer to normal after a very hard time.

“My coworkers, the facility, families, friends, I mean they’ve all been supportive, and we thank you for that because we know it hasn’t been easy,” Smith added.

Merna said she hopes everyone considers getting the vaccine.

“You need to take the shot because you don’t know how long this stuff’s gonna last,” she added.

Walgreens will return to give out the second dose in 21 days. They will then come back for a third time to vaccinate any new residents.

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