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150 Woodlands Village residents receive COVID-19 vaccine

Some are concerned about vaccine supply
Posted at 5:59 PM, Jan 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-17 18:19:05-05

BRADENTON, Fla. — About 150 Woodland Village residents received the COVID-19 vaccine on Sunday.

“It’s good. I’m excited," Ellen Bellm said.

She got to be one of the first Woodlands Village residents to get her first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, and at 97-years-old she wasn’t nervous at all.

She said she has been eager to get the vaccine since she first heard about it, and there was never a question of getting it or not.

“Why take the risk of getting so terribly sick and dying?” she asked. “As old as I am, that would be ridiculous.”

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According to Woodlands Village Executive Director Marissa Vasquez, all employees and most of the 150 seniors living there got the vaccine Sunday.

“This is the first time we didn’t have to go knock on their doors," Vasquez said.

Only three residents did not get the vaccine.

Most of the people we talked to said they were fine getting the shot. Their only concern was about the vaccine supply and there not being enough for their second dose in a month.

Last Friday, news broke that many states will not get the expected influx supply from the federal reserve because that supply is already gone. However, there is good news for these seniors.

According to Jared Moskowitz, the state director of emergency, “they will all get their second dose.”

Governor Ron DeSantis said getting seniors vaccinated is still the state’s top priority.

Tampa Bay area doctors are warning the public that other groups might have to wait longer before getting the vaccine because the supply is low.