DOWNERS GROVE, IL (CBS 58) – Advocate Aurora Health reached a significant milestone in the fight against COVID-19 on Tuesday, February 2nd.
In a press release, the health system announced the administration of the 100,000th dose of the vaccine.
The recipient, 88-year-old Marian Gaither of Chicago, received the 100,000th dose Tuesday morning at the Advocate Aurora COVID Vaccine Center in Oak Lawn, Illinois. It was her first dose of the vaccine.
The hospital says Gaither is most looking forward to going back to church in person and meeting her friends in the senior group to play cards.
“I’m tired of staying in the house,” said Gaither. “It doesn’t hurt. The people here are very, very nice.”
The Health Group says that all Advocate Aurora patients receive ongoing direct communications – either via email, text, or phone call – based on risk factors to schedule their vaccine.
“It will take time for the vaccine to be distributed, so we need to be patient when it is introduced and remain vigilant when we wear masks and social distancing,” said Dr. Robert Citronberg, Executive Medical Director for Infectious Diseases and Prevention. “But the sight of seniors like Marian receiving their vaccine doses is just another reason to hope that at some point we will reach the end of the pandemic.”
More information is available at aah.org/vaccine.