Seniors express hope, relief as they get COVID-19 vaccine

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Some seniors 80 years and older got their COVID-19 shots at the new community vaccine clinic at the Ruddy Family YMCA-YWCA in Orléans on Wednesday. (Jean-Delisle/CBC - image credit)
Some seniors 80 years and older got their COVID-19 shots at the new community vaccine clinic at the Ruddy Family YMCA-YWCA in Orléans on Wednesday. (Jean-Delisle/CBC - image credit)

Looking forward to greater independence and lots of hugs, seniors 80 years and older were eager to roll up their sleeves at the new community vaccine clinic at the Ruddy Family YMCA-YWCA in Orléans on Wednesday.

After a long year of isolation and anxiety, they arrived for their appointments, often escorted by family members, and spoke about their hope of returning to the things they enjoy.

Viola White, 87

Viola White, 87, has her thumbs up after getting inoculated Wednesday.
Viola White, 87, has her thumbs up after getting inoculated Wednesday.(Jean Delisle/CBC)

"It's a lovely day. I've been waiting a long time for this, and that means I can go and visit all my my children and my grandchildren and hug them. Family, but also I'll be able to go do my own grocery shopping. I will always be careful, but I will be more free to do things on my own."

"She's not been able to go to church or able to go to her social club, not been able to visit with friends. She's in our bubble, but she really has been, you know, a hermit. So this means an awful lot. We can maybe take her to the cottage in the summer and just expand her horizons. We've been celebrating since yesterday." - Donna White, daughter.

Marie Harris, 84

Marie Harris, 84, says it's a wonderful day.
Marie Harris, 84, says it's a wonderful day.(Jean Delisle/CBC)

"It's just a wonderful day. It's a new beginning for everybody I think. I'm looking forward to hugging my grandchildren, my big 30-year-old grandchildren and seeing my new little great-granddaughter for the first time."

Denis Levesque

Denis Levesque says he has faith in the health system.
Denis Levesque says he has faith in the health system.(Jean Delisle/CBC)

"I have complete faith in our health system. I'll be happy to [get the vaccine] its not just security, it's peace of mind. What I'm most missing is the kids and the grandkids. It's been over a year and you can't even embrace them. But I'm not complaining ... all you hear is complain, complain."

Jackie Taylor, 84

Daughter Lyne Taylor, right, says she's excited for her mom.
Daughter Lyne Taylor, right, says she's excited for her mom.(Jean Delisle/CBC)

"Excited beyond words and relieved. My mom lives with me so this big for our sanity and hers. My mom was very self-sufficient, active, went to the hairdresser every week, went shopping for herself. She didn't go to a store since March 13 last year." - Lyne Taylor, daughter.

Tony Oliver

Tony Oliver, right, with his wife Norma Oliver holding roses after their vaccinations.
Tony Oliver, right, with his wife Norma Oliver holding roses after their vaccinations.(Jean Delisle/CBC)

"I'm going to go home and have a glass of wine and celebrate. It's great."