Memorial distributes second dose of COVID-19 vaccine in Long Beach

Some Gulf Coast residents are now receiving their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Patients are now familiar with the process of receiving their COVID vaccine as they come in for their second dose.

Gulfport couple Roger and Becki Lackey have been married 20 years and say they’ve taken care of each other, trying to stay healthy. “I try to watch her and if she ain’t feeling good then I ask her if there’s anything wrong.”

They both came into the Espy Center in Long Beach for their second dose of the Moderna vaccine. “This will protect me and my wife. We’ve been very lucky not to get the virus at our age.”

Being vaccinated brings back childhood memories. “I was thankful that this came out because I remember having the Polio vaccination to protect me as a child.”

With appointments set five minutes apart, there’s been a constant flow of patients. Memorial hopes to put 600 shots in arms today. Vice President of Regional Business and System Development Chas Pierce said, “We’ve seen a lot of friend groups of four and six. I think this is something they are getting together.”

Roger and Becki tell News 25 they see a light at the end of the tunnel. “Hopefully getting this second shot for everybody, getting everybody back well, then it’ll come back to the Coast the life that we were used to.”

Although fully vaccinated, this couple is not taking any chances. “I’m going to continue to wear my mask.”

Memorial will continue to notify patients when first and second dose vaccines are available on their website and Facebook page.

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