When the opportunity to receive a COVID-19 vaccine arrived, Bleeker Cannon was ready.
“It was like Santa Claus – we were waiting for that day to come,” she says.
Bleeker, 81, and her husband, Robert “Bubba” Cannon Jr., 89, live in Pawleys Island. They’re both at high risk for serious complications from COVID-19: She has diabetes and a history of strokes; he has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
So, when Tidelands Health began accepting requests for COVID-19 vaccination from individuals 70 and older on Jan. 13, Bleeker quickly registered them both. The process from registration to vaccination went smoothly.
“We have never seen an operation better planned or organized,” says Bleeker, who retired in 1997 as vice principal at Myrtle Beach High School.