"I'd hate to see her get stuck with a needle by herself,” said 66-year-old Joe Schenk.
It’s a vaccination love story.
While Schenk was eligible for the vaccine as of last month, the lovebird did not want to roll his sleeves up until his 62-year-old wife was eligible too.
"But I've been waiting for her to get her notification she could get hers,” Schenk said, on Tuesday, Feb. 23rd. “And she got it this morning."
They signed up immediately for an appointment at St. Vincent.
"About 8:30 this morning they send out the alert and about twenty minutes later she had an appointment for tomorrow,” Schenk said.
But not everyone will able to get scheduled so quickly.
"We have available appointments starting next week,” said Brian Spencer, Pharmacy Services Line Manager for Deaconess Health System, “So, hopefully by doing 1,000 a day, we can quickly move through this phase."
While the Vanderburgh County Health Department is playing catch up with other vaccination appointments -- so the new age group has to wait about a month.
"We want to make sure we can get the second doses in people's arms so that they're fully vaccinated and fully protected from the virus,” said Joe Gries, administrator with the Vanderburgh County Health Department. “So, it's a little bit of a juggling act but people will be able to sign up for those appointments starting today."
And for those now eligible, it’s a true blessing.
"Because her mom is 91 and we just got her mom's second shot a week ago,” Schenk said. “So she's happy to get hers now to kind of keep her a little bit safer around her."
Deaconess has dolled out 60,000 doses so far -- and with all those Hoosiers now eligible, they expect that number to jump to 100,000 within a few weeks.