Loretta Lynn and Willie Nelson Get Vaccinated: 'Ready to Put COVID in the Rearview Mirror'
Posting to Instagram, Lynn, 88, shared pictures of her outing with daughter Peggy Lynn, 56, to go get her coronavirus vaccination. The singer wrote that she is "ready to put Covid in the rearview mirror."
"Well, I bundled up and Peggy Jean and I rolled out of Hurricane Mills so I could get this vaccine," wrote Lynn. She added "#sickofcovid" and "#getyours" at the end of her caption as she encouraged fans to follow her lead.
Meanwhile, Nelson, 87, went to a drive-thru clinic last Wednesday to receive his shot. Both he and his wife Annie Nelson, 64, registered together to receive their vaccinations from Family Hospital Systems in Texas.
The organization wrote "Thank you Willie Nelson for helping Family Hospital Systems slow the spread of COVID-19" in their caption on a post that featured pictures of Nelson receiving his vaccination on their Facebook page.
"He was bragging yesterday after he got it that he didn't even have a sore arm," said Annie according to Rolling Stone. "Now, today, of course his arm is sore. We're both just a little tired. I don't know if we wouldn't be tired anyway, but we're gonna do what they said and let the vaccine do its job."
Shots are becoming more readily available as more states begin to move into their next phases of vaccinating the public. Following first responders, healthcare workers and nursing home residents, the elderly and the medically vunerable are now at the top of the list, allowing Lynn — who previously broke her hip in 2017 and was hospitalized in 2018 after suffering from a stroke — and Nelson — who was forced to cancel tour dates due to breathing difficulties — to get their shots.
As of Monday afternoon, nearly 24 million Americans have been infected by coronavirus since the start of the pandemic early last year. According to a New York Times database, 397,612 others have died from the illness so far, with 1,730 of those deaths occurring on Sunday alone.
Each of the two COVID-19 vaccines (provided by either Pfizer and Moderna) will require two dosages to be fully effective. For the vaccine provided by Pfizer, recipients will have to return three weeks later to receive their final dose, while Moderna requires recipients to wait four weeks.
Each of the vaccines requires a wait time to reach its peak effectiveness, which is thought to be about two weeks after the second dose.
But even after receiving the vaccine, it is recommended that recipients continue to social distance and wear face masks.
"There's still a question of if the vaccine stops transmission of COVID, or just stops people from getting symptomatic COVID," infectious disease clinical researcher Laurel Bristow told PEOPLE earlier this month. "That's something that is being looked at right now, so we want to operate under the assumption, just out of pure safety, that vaccinated people could still get asymptomatic COVID and spread it to others."
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