LAKELAND, Fla. - Older folks who live at Lake Morton Plaza in downtown Lakeland rolled up their sleeves on Thursday. It was one of the first assisted living facilities in Polk County to have its residents inoculated against COVID-19.
"I was really happy about that. I was really looking forward to getting this vaccination." George Williams told FOX 13. "Anything that would help me from getting it would be great."
Pharmacists from Walgreens went apartment to apartment administering the Pfizer vaccine to about 40 people, including 90-year-old Peggy Snow.
Ever since she was a kid, Snow says she has never liked getting a shot. But she said her daughter and granddaughters convinced her that getting the vaccine would be a good idea. Finally, she relented.
"I want to live," she said after the pinch, which she said was not bad as she imagined.
The remainder of the residents are scheduled to get their first dose in a few weeks. Along with residents staffers are being inoculated as well. Nineteen just got their first dose.
Walgreens and CVS are part of a national program to administer the vaccine.
The parent company that owns Lake Morton Plaza, Meridan Senior Living, owns fourteen other similar facilities throughout Florida, which are also slated to have vaccination events.
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