Getting her first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine was a bit emotional for Anita Ahalt.
As the needle injected the lifesaving vaccine into her arm, Ahalt couldn’t help but think of two beloved friends who have died from the highly contagious virus. Louis Sarrel of New Jersey died in April three days after his 58th birthday, and Joyce Fisher, the mother of a childhood friend in Maryland, died as a result of COVID-19 last year.
With memories of her friends on her mind, Ahalt used this moment getting her first dose of the Pfizer vaccine at the Tidelands Health regional vaccination site in Murrells Inlet to honor them. She proudly posed for photos to post on social media displaying a sign with their names perfectly penned within a yellow heart that declares #thisjabsforyou.
Ahalt hopes the photo, taken with her husband who also received the vaccine, will not only honor those special people but also inspire others to get the lifesaving vaccine that wasn’t available in time to save Sarrel and Fisher.
“The hope is people will see us doing it and agree to get the vaccine,” Ahalt said. “We need to do our part. This maybe will get some information out – if we can do it, you can do it, too.”