The Indianapolis nurse will likely be vaccinated from COVID-19 6 months after her mom dies

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The Indianapolis nurse will be vaccinated from COVID-19 6 months after her mother dies

INDIANAPOLIS – Many healthcare workers are confident as the first COVID-19 vaccines become available. For them, this seems to be the beginning of the end of this pandemic.

It’s the same with a nurse in Indianapolis. That moment was bittersweet for her too.

Belinda Wallbank’s mother died of COVID-19 in June. She lived in a long-term care facility, and that’s where Wallbank believes her mother caught the virus.

“She got sick and had difficulty breathing and went to the hospital and was in the hospital and on a ventilator for a few days,” Wallbank said. “She was just so weak from the virus, and it was terrible.”

Just over six months after her death, Wallbank received her first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Her mother would also have been one of the first to be vaccinated since living in a long-term care facility.

“I think it’s almost a little to blame for that, you know,” she explained.

Wallbank said her mother loved people and she was a very generous woman.

After a dark year, this vaccine brings some light and hope to the holidays. Wallbank feels that Christmas came early.

“I could hardly contain my excitement because this is an opportunity for us,” said Wallbank.

This will be the first Christmas without her mother. With a shot in the arm, she tries to fill this gap on purpose.

“There is a chance that maybe someone else’s mother won’t fit,” she said. “That we can protect each other.

“I think my mom just wants to say, ‘Just hold on. Do these things to protect each other and to love the people around you. ‘“

Next week, the Wallbank will be working at the clinic to help administer vaccines. She is so proud to be able to help her community overcome this pandemic.

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