Residents, staff at Pee Dee assisted living home become fully vaccinated with 2nd COVID-19 vaccine dose

Residents, staff at Pee Dee assisted living facility become fully vaccinated

FLORENCE, S.C. (WMBF) - Like many assisted living facilities, it’s been a challenging year for the Carolinian Retirement Community in Florence.

Throughout the pandemic, the Carolinian has waited for an answer, and on Monday, the wait ended.

Staff and residents received their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Marking Director Brad Richardson said residents have been eager to receive their second shot.

“I’ve had some people who’ve waited in line for two hours, that’s the first thing they did this morning, they got up to be number one because they want to protect themselves,” said Richardson.

With hope and excitement swirling around the facility, Richardson hopes to see others receive the vaccine when the time comes.

“I encourage everyone if they can, to get vaccinated because we don’t need to lose another person we love to this deadly epidemic that hit us like we’ve never seen in our lifetime,” said Richardson.

Resident Henry Hodges was one of the residents to receive the second dose. Hodges said he’d do whatever it took to protect himself.

“If there’s a third one I’ll get that too, I value my life,” said Hodges.

Resident Edith LaPalme was one of the first people in line on Monday morning.

“I feel privileged, because we’re getting it, and I hear others aren’t and they haven’t gotten them yet and they’re wanting them and I just feel like we’re blessed,” said LaPalme.

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