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West Palm Beach nursing home residents getting vaccinated

'It's marvelous to get this. I'm so grateful,' says a resident
Posted at 1:15 AM, Jan 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-07 01:15:54-05

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — There's now hope for many seniors who have been isolated inside their nursing homes and assisted living facilities for months.

Jerry Olsen is receiving the COVID-19 vaccine after spending months in quarantine.

"I have several grandchildren that have been impacted and a great-granddaughter who also was impacted," said Olsen.

But Wednesday Savannah Court Cottage and Cove, an assisted living and skilled nursing home, started vaccinating residents and employees.

WPTV was invited inside as the Pfizer vaccine was being administered.

"We have experienced outbreaks, we have experienced unfortunate hospitalizations and even the point of some people passing away from COVID-19," said Uri Rubin with the facility.

We're told the memory care wing was hit especially hard over the summer.

"This is not just a privilege, this is a responsibility of us to be able to vaccinate our employees, vaccinate our residents and for that matter save lives around us," said Rubin.

In 21 days everyone in the facility will receive their second dose of the vaccine, and next month there will be another clinic to vaccinate more residents.

"It's marvelous to get this. I'm so grateful," added Olsen.