Aged couple, unable to e-book COVID-19 vaccine appointments, worry they have been forgotten

CHICAGO (WLS) — An 89-year-old lady says she and her husband are nonetheless making an attempt to safe an appointment get the COVID-19 vaccine.Retrieving rubbish cans from the tip of their driveway is the one time Jimmy and Lova Andros danger leaving their residence through the COVID-19 pandemic. Jimmy is 92 years outdated, and Lova is 89.

“I’ve persistent bronchial asthma and my husband had surgical procedure 5 months in the past,” Lova Andros mentioned.SEE ALSO | Illinois COVID vaccine map reveals what number of residents vaccinated by county

After virtually of 12 months of staying residence, the north suburban couple are anxious to get the vaccine. However one month after Illinois started vaccinating individuals older than 65, the Andros’ have had zero luck.

“We really feel like we’re the cracks in society,” Andros mentioned. “If we had been in a nursing residence or retirement residence we might have gotten the pictures by now.”

Like so many older individuals, the Andros’ are counting on their youngsters to navigate what has been an extremely irritating course of to search out an open appointment.

Armed with a number of gadgets, daughter Ann Rosen has tried a number of web sites: CVS, Mariano’s, Jewel, Zoc Doc, and North Shore Well being Care. And that is solely half of them. Rosen’s husband and out-of-town sister attempt on a regular basis day, too.

“Various individuals have mentioned, why do not you attempt at 6 a.m.? I’ve tried at 6 a.m. Why do not you attempt at midnight? I’ve tried at midnight, I’ve by no means seen one opening. It is full,” she mentioned.For weeks, state and native officers have blamed the sluggish rollout and the shortage of open appointments on the federal authorities for not allocating sufficient doses.

SEE ALSO | United Heart to host federal mass vaccination website

Governor JB Pritzker mentioned the United Heart mass vaccination website set to open March 10 will give individuals older than 65 the primary appointments, however they need to be scheduled on line by way of Zoc Doc – the identical website Rosen and her household have tried day-after-day.

For now, it is one other day of ready at residence for Jimmy and Lova Andros.

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