Taking a shot on Valentine’s Day | Couple celebrates their love while getting the COVID-19 vaccine
Odd and Eva Nelson were looking forward to their Valentine’s Day date.
This is the Murrells Inlet couple’s 63rd Valentine’s Day together, and they not only celebrated their longtime love but also celebrated getting their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine Sunday at a Tidelands Health regional vaccination site in Murrells Inlet.
“We were definitely looking forward to today and to getting the second shot. No doubt about it,” said Odd Nelson, 82, who had posted his anticipation of his big Valentine’s Day plans on Facebook earlier this month.
The Nelsons were among more than 400 seniors scheduled to receive their second dose of the Pfizer vaccine Sunday at the Tidelands Health vaccination site in Murrells Inlet.
The couple, originally from Norway, donned matching red shirts for their big date, making sure to choose styles of shirts that not only were the color of love but also provided easy access to their upper arms to receive the shot.
“I got a lollipop for you,” Odd Nelson told Eva, 79, as she approached him in the 15-minute observation area after receiving the vaccine. The treats were up for grabs at the vaccine station.
Ever the gentleman, Odd Nelson said the day before arriving to receive the shot that he’d offer the first one to his wife.
“We are going to sit next to each other and hold hands,” he said.
The Nelsons weren’t the only ones spreading love Valentine’s Day weekend at the regional vaccination site.
Several seniors showed up with small tokens to show their appreciation to the Tidelands Health team for giving them the best gift: the lifesaving COVID-19 vaccine. They brought bowls of heart-shaped chocolate candy, Valentine’s Day treats, doughnuts and Valentine’s Day cards with heartfelt messages of thanks.
“We want to thank you for all the hard work, dedication and care that made distribution of the COVID shots so smooth, easy and painless,” one card read. “In plain English, you all are just wonderful. Thank you so much.”
The kind words and small gestures meant the world to team members keeping the vaccination site running on Valentine’s Day.
“It’s so sweet,” said Katie Harvey, who was helping check in seniors and sanitize clipboards. “I’m shocked but thankful. It’s super nice for them to even think of us like that.”
Tidelands Health also spread a little extra love in honor of Valentine’s Day. As seniors entered the 15-minute observation area after receiving their shots, they were handed a heart-shaped chocolate with a small card bearing the simple message, “We love to help protect you from COVID-19. Happy ‘Vaccine’ Valentine’s Day.’”