Seniors share vaccine experiences


By Melanie Speicher - mspeicher@sidneydailynews.com



SIDNEY — The wait for the COVID-19 vaccine is over for three Shelby County residents who shared their stories with the Sidney Daily News.

Sue Kaufman, of Sidney, shares her 90-year-old mother, Wanda Kaufman, called on a Wednesday to get an appointment for the shot.

“She got it on Friday and didn’t feel a thing,” said Sue. “She’s living the good life and waiting on her second shot.”

While Sue is not old enough to receive the vaccine, she did learn some startling news when she donated blood recently.

“I gave blood and they check for the COVID antibodies which I have,” she said. “So sometime I had COVID and I didn’t know it.”

Sue said she and her mom live together.

“She cooks and we go places,” said Sue. “She’s very self-sufficient.”

Rebecca and William Thornton, of Sidney, also had a positive experience when getting the vaccine.

“My husband is 73 and I am 71,” said Rebecca. “Earlier this year, when an article about the health department taking appointments for the vaccine was in the SDN, we went to their site and signed up.

“When it was time for our age group they contacted us and asked if we were still interested. I said we were and she gave us an appointment time at Wilson Health. That was yesterday (Feb. 4) at 11:50 a.m. When we went up to the desk they had our paperwork ready to go and after giving our signatures and answering a few questions regarding Covid we were taken down stairs and went through a short line where we gave our insurance information and were fully registered.

“We were then taken to a room where they checked on our allergies and given our vaccines. My husband had to stay for 20 minutes after to make sure there was no reaction to the vaccine. I, since in the past had an allergic reaction to an antibiotic, was asked to wait 30 minutes. Neither one of us had a reaction. They gave us our appointment for our second dose and we were on our way at 12:40 less than 1 hour after we entered.

“Our opinion was they acted like a well oiled machine, smoothly, efficiently and with our best interest involved. We applaud them!” said Rebecca. “It is now the day after and we are still feeling fine and symptom free.”

By Melanie Speicher

mspeicher@sidneydailynews.com

Reach the writer at 937-538-4822.

Reach the writer at 937-538-4822.