State’s millionth recipient of coronavirus vaccine completes second dosage

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WENATCHEE — Last month, 90-year-old Ruby Thompson of East Wenatchee became the one millionth person in Washington to receive a vaccination against COVID-19. But that was just her first dose.

This morning, Ruby received the necessary second shot of the two-part Pfizer compound at the Town Toyota Center mass vaccination site in Wenatchee.

Ruby Thompson grew up in Wieser, Idaho, and she’s lived for the last two years in East Wenatchee with her daughter, Judy. She’ll turn 91 in just a few weeks. She’s lived through other pandemic disease outbreaks, and she said that made her enthusiastic about signing up for the COVID-19 shot.

“I’d gone through it before, with diphtheria and polio,” she says. “Those two I remember.”

A National Guard medic administered Ruby’s dose, and others on her team stood by for the required 10 to 15 minutes afterward, to make sure she had no adverse reaction. After her first shot, received on February 12th, she felt no pain, fever or any of the other possible vaccine complications.

Among the things Ms. Thompson is looking forward to after her inoculation takes hold, is going out without a facial mask. “You can’t talk and you can’t breathe,” she said with a laugh. “You can’t understand what anybody says.”

Her advice to others who have yet been vaccinated: “Well, I think they should. Even if they get it after they get their shots, I don’t think it would be as bad for them. So yes, get your shots.”