Mass. World War II Vet, 97, Receives COVID-19 Vaccine From Grandson

By Jason Hall

February 11, 2021

A Massachusetts rapid-response administered an extra special COVID-19 shot on Wednesday (February 10.)

David Begley administered the coronavirus vaccine to his grandfather, William Begley, a 97-year-old World War II veteran, at the veteran's Weymouth home on Wednesday, WCVB reports.

"It was something that he was grateful that I was able to do for him, and it's something that brings hope to all of us that this is going to be coming to an end," David Begley said via WCVB.

William, who has been in quarantine since March 2020, was able to get the vaccine at home through the mobile integrated program at South Shore Hospital.

"My vaccine was excellent. It was good," William said.

Paramedic and South Shore mobile integrated health team member Eugene Duffy described the mobile integrated health program as "an SUV with all the equipment that an ambulance would have."

Dr. Kelly Lannutti, another member of the mobile integrated health team, said David was hoping to get his grandfather vaccinated, but faced difficulties moving him to a vaccine site.

South Shore's mobile integrated health program works with local boards of health and primary care providers and also conducts pop-up clinics throughout the local area, which has included administering about 900 vaccines since they were made available to Massachusetts residents eligible for Phase One of distribution.

William Begley is scheduled to receive his second COVID-19 vaccine dose next month and his grandson will once again administer the shot, WCVB reports.

Photo: Getty Images

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