63-year-old retired doctor, Kathryn Bryan, who has underlying health conditions -- has felt the painstaking loneliness of being sequestered in her Evansville home over the last year.
"It's been very frustrating and isolating not being able to go out with friends or see family as much as I wanted to,” she said.
But after having just received her second Pfizer dose last week, Bryan is feeling optimistic about the future.
"I am so proud of this card,” she said. "I am looking forward to going outside more and doing more activities in the following weeks."
Nearly 40,000 Vanderburgh County residents are now immunized, which is about 21 percent of the population.
"The more people vaccinated -- the more protected the rest of the population is,” Bryan said.
And while Bryan feels safer now that she is fully vaccinated -- she thinks Gov. Holcomb turning the mask mandate into an advisory on April 6th is a little too lax
"There's still vulnerable members of the population that are vulnerable to Covid,” Bryan said. “in fact cases have been increasing in states that have relaxed their standards -- so that is very much a concern of mine."
Nearly 10,000 people in Dubois County and another 14,000 in Warrick County are fully vaccinated.
And those numbers are expected to jump -- as those 16 and older are eligible for their shot in the Hoosier state next week.
"Operationally -- we're ready to handle that increased load,” said Dr. Gina Huhnke, emergency medicine specialist at Deaconess Health System. “And we understand that there will be increased vaccinations available for us to administer as well."
As for Bryan, she is glad the younger generation will now get their chance at immunity.
"I think that's wonderful -- and it also enhances going back to school," she said. "I know that's been a major issue for a lot of school age people and younger children."