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Couple Celebrates 73rd Wedding Anniversary by Receiving COVID-19 Vaccinations

Jan. 19, 2021

CINCINNATI - Noel and Virginia Record have celebrated many memorable wedding anniversaries during 73 years of marriage, but on Tuesday they reached a new milestone.

The Greater Cincinnati couple celebrated their wedding anniversary by becoming the first patients to receive COVID-19 vaccinations at UC Health under Ohio’s Phase 1B, which provides immunizations to members of the community aged 80 and above.

Noel “Gene” Record, aged 93, and Virginia Record, aged 91, received the vaccine early Tuesday morning at UC Health’s drive-through vaccination site for members of the community. The Records, who live in Northern Kentucky, will return in three weeks to receive the second doses in the two-dose regimen.

“We want to get back to normal as soon as possible,” Mr. Record said. “I’m a square dance caller, and we have not been able to get together since March. We’re looking forward to people getting vaccinated and getting back to normal, where we can once again square dance and have fun again.”

“Get back to our normal life,” Mrs. Record added.

UC Health, Greater Cincinnati’s academic health system, is among more than 750 locations across Ohio to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to members of the community under Ohio’s Phase 1B, which began this week.

“UC Health is proud to do our part to help bring our community out of this pandemic,” said Dustin Calhoun, MD, associate professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the UC College of Medicine and medical director of emergency management for UC Health. “We encourage all who are eligible under Phase 1B to make an appointment to get vaccinated.”

UC Health’s community vaccination center is located in a drive-through setting at the UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute building on the health system’s Clifton campus.

When patients enter the parking garage, they can tune in to a radio frequency to receive information about the vaccine inside their vehicles. A nurse or pharmacist completes the check-in process at the vehicle window, and patients are vaccinated while remaining inside their vehicles.

Patients aged 80 and above should check their My UC Health accounts to schedule an appointment: my.uchealth.com. Patients can also call 513-584-DOSE.

UC Health will continue to offer vaccinations to members of the community under Phase 1B as it receives doses from the Ohio Department of Health.

Under Ohio’s Phase 1A, UC Health has provided vaccinations to more than 7,900 healthcare workers since Dec. 14.

Click here for more information about the COVID-19 vaccination at UC Health.