Jan. 7 was a big day inside the Anamosa Care Center and Woodland Park Assisted Living Center.

Walgreens pharmacists descended on the senior living center with the first round of doses of the Pfizer vaccine for residents and found plenty of eager, willing participants.

“They just couldn’t wait. A lot of them wanted to be the first one in line to get it,” Assistant Director of Nursing Vickie Jacobsen said. “There were no apprehensions whatsoever with any of the residents.”

All the residents, minus a few stragglers, received their first dose and will receive their second dose on Jan. 28. A return trip will be made Feb. 18 to take care of those.

The reason why everyone, staff included, was so eager to receive their shots was simple for a lot of the residents: it puts them one step closer to returning things to normal, and that means being able to see family again.

“We’re all super excited for them, too. It just may be one step closer to them being able to see their families again, which is all of our goals,” Jacobsen said. “They haven’t seen their families since basically the first of March, and I think that’s what drove a lot of them also to want to do it. They want to see their people.”

Another driving force was that there were those inside the facility that caught the virus and did not want to be susceptible to that experience again.

During the vaccination, staff of the center also received their shots, with about 72% of the staff being vaccinated in the first run through. Jacobsen was among those and for her, the decision was easy because, in all reality, it wasn’t all that new of an experience for her.

“I grew up with immunizations. You got them. We don’t have polio because we got immunizations,” Jacobsen said. “I remember lining up when I was a child and going into the school auditorium and having the nurses on the stage with their little smallpox guns.

“It’s another virus that needs to go away, and this is how you do it. You get your immunizations, and you take care of it. This is just our generation’s thing to take care of.”

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