DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — With the COVID-19 vaccine now available to ages 75 and older, one Wiregrass couple opted into getting the vaccine and shared their experience with WDHN.
“We came to take the vaccine,” said Billy Hall, vaccine recipient.
High School Sweethearts Billy and Ann Hall are part of the phase 1B vaccine group in Alabama. They are 79 and 78 years old and this week they took part in medical history receiving the COVID-19 vaccine that was developed in under a year.
“Earlier in the year when there was a shutdown, like in march I believe it was, at that time we were not too concerned but over the months as it got worse, we began to think about taking the shot but we just sort of ignored it,” said Billy.
In December, both were diagnosed with COVID. Billy was asymptomatic while Ann had mild symptoms and fatigue. They say this experience was the catalyst in their decision to get the vaccine.
“I said all along, I guess God protected me and kept me well in order for me to be able to take care of her. We decided at that point in time that we wanted to take the vaccine to protect ourselves as well as others that we came in contact with and that is why we are here today,” said Billy.
“I don’t want to get the COVID again, I wanted to come on ahead and take the vaccine so that maybe I would be protected in the future,” said Billy’s wife, Ann Hall.
After checking in with the health department, they were warned about the possibility of stronger side effects from the vaccine since they had the virus in December. But the Halls said they would rather get the vaccine than end up in the hospital sick.
They were called back into the clinic and administered the inoculation. After receiving their vaccine, they were evaluated for 15 minutes before they were allowed to leave.
“I’m feeling fine, I may get something later but right now I’m fine, no hurting or anything,” Anne said. “We got our COVID vaccine proud to do so.”
“We are very appreciative of the people at the health department and we thank them for allowing us to come today and we encourage everyone to please get the vaccine,” said Billy.