SPRINGFIELD, Mo.- Mercy Hospital administered its first vaccine in the Phase 1B-2 category to a World War II veteran Monday.
According to a press release from Mercy, 98-year-old Edgar Fox told his primary care doctor that he wanted to, “receive the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as he could to ‘encourage skeptics.'”
“People should take advantage of the availability of the vaccine,” said Fox. “Some older people that are skeptic, maybe they would listen to what I’m telling them, step up and do it. Maybe they too can do something for their family, or their girlfriend, or occupation.”
Fox retired from the Marines in 1969 after serving in the Battles of Midway, and Iwo Jima then served in Korea. He now lives in a Springfield apartment and says getting the vaccine was a different way to serve again.
Mercy was able to use it’s allotment of the Pfizer vaccine to extend their reach to a few local seniors.
This allowed Mercy to test how quickly it could check in patients and vaccinate them.
Thousands of high-risk individuals have registered for the COVID-19 vaccine through Mercy and will be notified when more vaccines become available.