But as the days turned into months, monotony and isolation came to him. A few weeks ago, he called his daughter and begged her to let him come home.
“I’ve had enough of this, I want to do something else,” Mr. Gerrero recalls telling him. “Small, simple things would be wonderful. Every day is exactly the same, then it all starts again. “
On Tuesday, however, his spirits were lifted, he said. The director of the retirement home showed up to his side, with a list of residents and a clipboard in hand, and asked if he was ready to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.
“I told him yes. I was ready to register without asking questions, ”he said. “We are all anxious to overcome all of this and become able to associate with our friends and family face to face again. Not being able to shake hands and hug is difficult.
Mary Prewett, 84, who lives in an assisted living facility in Memphis, Tennessee, had never even received a flu shot, again refusing one recently. Her daughter, Cecelia Prewett, obtained a consent form for her mother on Tuesday and wondered if she would be receptive to a coronavirus vaccine.
“We’re going to have some serious conversations about the consequences of not getting the shot, like not being able to spend time with your three children and five grandchildren,” said the youngest Ms. Prewett, communications manager in Washington. “My mom has a hard time talking about things. I don’t know what she’s going to say.
At the Sundale facility in West Virginia, the arrival of the vaccine this week was undoubtedly a turning point. Sundale was considered a ‘zero point’ for the virus in West Virginia, its director, Mike Hicks, said after one of its residents, Shannon Taylor, fell ill with the first locally acquired Covid-19 case in the ‘State. She was on a ventilator for several weeks but was able to recover.