A 97 year-old World War Two veteran home received his Covid vaccine from his nurse grandson. William Begley received the shot at his home in Weymouth, Massachusetts, earlier this week from grandson David Begley, a rapid response nurse at the nearby South Shore Hospital.
David administered the injection so quickly his grandfather did not realize he had even done it. And William, who has been in quarantine since March 2020, said afterwards: ‘My vaccine was excellent. It was good.’
His delighted-looking grandson told of how special it had been to be able to help protect his own grandfather from Covid. David said: ‘It was something that he was grateful that I was able to do for him, and it’s something that brings hope to all of us that this is going to be coming to an end.’
He was able to administer the vaccine at his grandpa’s home thanks to a mobile response unit – an SUV kitted out with much of the same medical equipment as an ambulance.
Dr Kelly Lannutti, from South Shore Hospital, told WCVB the mobile response unit was helpful in allowing the most vulnerable patients to be vaccinated outside of hospitals, where the risk of catching Covid is much higher.
William is set to receive his second and final Covid vaccine nose next month – and David will again be on hand to administer the shot.
That means he will be able to see his loved ones safely, and regain his independence.
The US has recorded 27.3 million Covid infections, and close to 474,000 deaths.
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