As a second-grader, Diane Davis remembers standing in a school auditorium waiting to get a polio vaccination. Afterward, she received a pin that said, “Polio Pioneer.” She was proud to wear it because even as a child she recognized the importance of the vaccine.
Davis says she felt that same pride after she and her husband, Robert, became two of thousands of seniors ages 70-plus to receive COVID-19 vaccinations from Tidelands Health. As of March 3, the health system had administered more than 27,900 doses of COVID-19 vaccine, including more than 21,900 doses to individuals 70 and older.
Davis, a retired nurse, knows the vaccine is not only vital for her own safety but also for the safety of the community.
“Maybe not in my lifetime, but maybe one day COVID will be totally wiped out like smallpox and polio,” says the 74-year-old Murrells Inlet resident.