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Woman, 103, Vows To 'Go Wild' Now She's Had Covid-19 Vaccine

Woman, 103, Vows To 'Go Wild' Now She's Had Covid-19 Vaccine

Mona Jeanne has had the vaccine just in time for her 104th birthday on 15 February

Rebecca Shepherd

Rebecca Shepherd

A 103-year-old lady has said she plans to 'go wild' now she's received the Covid-19 vaccination.

Mona Jeanne, who lived through the 1918 Spanish Influenza pandemic as well as two world wars, has received the injection just in time to bring in her 104th birthday.

When she was asked how she will spend her birthday, Mona, from Wilmington, Massachusetts, said she's particularly excited to spend time with her family - specifically her 27 great grandchildren and five great great grandchildren.

After receiving the vaccination, Mona told CBS she felt 'the same, not a bit different', adding that she's used to getting jabs - having lived for over 100 years.

In the United States, the vaccine is - like the UK - being given to certain people before others, these include healthcare personnel and residents of long-term care facilities (Phase 1a).

In the next phase (1b and 1c), the vaccination will be offered to frontline essential workers such as fire fighters, police officers, corrections officers, food and agricultural workers, United States Postal Service workers, manufacturing workers, grocery store workers, public transit workers, and those who work in the educational sector (teachers, support staff, and day care workers).

A senior receives a COVID-19 vaccine from a healthcare worker after arriving on a bus to a vaccination site.

The next phase also includes those over 75 because they're at high risk of hospitalisation, illness and death from the virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Phase 1c includes people aged between 65 and 74 but people in that age bracket who are residents of long-term care facilities should be part of Phase 1a.

It will also mean the vaccine is available to those between 16 and 64 with underlying medical conditions which increase the risk of serious and life-threatening complications from the coronavirus, as well as other essential workers such as those in transportation and logistics, food service, housing construction and finance, information technology, communications, energy, law, media, public safety, and public health.

The CDC say that the goal is for everyone to be able to easily access the vaccination as soon as large enough quantities are available. They add: "As vaccine supply increases but remains limited, ACIP will expand the groups recommended for vaccination."

Featured Image Credit: WBZ-TV

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