Like so many seniors in this country, Glenna and Eugene Luetgers of Plymouth, Minnesota have spent most of the last year locked up, safe in their nursing home, but unable to be with the rest of their family.
Among the things they missed most was seeing their granddaughter, Lindsey Hawkins, regularly.
“It was pretty traumatic at first,” Glenna, 87, told NBC affiliate KARE.
“When we couldn’t get visitors it was a low point,” admitted Eugene, who is also 87 years old.
But, he said, he had an idea.
He knew Lindsey, a pharmacist, was working with a Covid-19 vaccination team. So he made a special request: that she be the one who would vaccinate his grandparents.
“It just seemed like a good idea, you know,” he said. “If she shoots everyone, I’d love to get it from her.”
Hawkins didn’t think it was possible at first, but she changed some things and made it work.
Giving her grandparents their first protective vaccines moved her. “It’s pretty indescribable,” Hawkins said. “It was very emotional for me.”
A few days ago, she returned to Cherrywood Pointe in Plymouth to administer their second dose, and probably a mild relief.
Hawkins said: “I will remember that for the rest of my life.”