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A paramedic has surprised his boyfriend with a marriage proposal during a Covid-19 vaccination appointment:
Robbie Vargas-Cortes, 31, was scheduled to get the jab on 23 December and knew his partner of five years, who is a registered nurse, would be administering the injection.
When Robbie turned up at the Sanford Canton-Inwood Medical Center in Ohio he rolled his sleeve up to reveal tape on his arm. His boyfriend Eric Vanderlee assumed he was jokingly indicating where the needle should go.
But Robbie had in fact taped the ring he was about to propose with to his arm.
Speaking to CNN, Eric said: "It just kind of dawned on me and I was like, 'absolutely, of course, yes.' It was just an amazing moment after I figured it out."
After accepting his proposal and putting the ring on, Eric then had to steady himself in order to administer the vaccine to his now-fiancé.
Coming right back down to Earth, Robbie had to pause the celebrations while he responded to an ambulance call and within 10 minutes of entering the room he had to leave.
Vaccinated, engaged and out all in 10 minutes. Speedy work, guys.
Robbie revealed he'd been holding on to the ring for three years but was waiting for the perfect moment to pop the question.
He told CNN: "We're nearing the end of the pandemic. The vaccine is kind of like a new chapter."
Eric volunteered himself to be one of the people that would administer the vaccine at Sanford Health. This decision was taken after the death of his otherwise healthy grandfather Norman Vanderlee back in November 2020.
Eric explained: "I want to be a part of this end. I feel like I can't pass this up. It's like a once in a lifetime opportunity to be the one giving the vaccine if I have the chance."
The pair aren't planning their wedding just yet and have opted to hold off until the pandemic has come to a close. Robbie added: "South Dakota is a very conservative state.
"We wouldn't have had the right to marry without the Supreme Court in 2015.
"So to see such an outpouring of support, especially from our fellow South Dakotans, has been uplifting.
"It gives me a new confidence to be okay with who we are. I always say I'm too scared to hold his hand in public, and now that this has happened, that seems kind of silly."
Congratulations, Robbie and Eric.