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Now vaccinated, older adults are out of COVID winter

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – Bill Griffin has been waiting for more than a year now. Newly vaccinated, he hugged his 3-year-old granddaughter for the first time since the outbreak.

“She came running right away. I took her and hugged her. “It was amazing,” the 70-year-old said after gathering over the weekend.

Spring has arrived with warmer weather, and many vaccinated adults, such as Griffin, are recovering from the forced winter of COVID-19.

From shopping in person or going to the gym to going to a larger family home, people who were once most at risk for COVID-19 are starting to move on, putting their lives on track. Nearly 45% of Americans over the age of 65 are now fully vaccinated.

Visiting grandchildren is a major problem for most adults. In Arizona, Gaylen Krug still has to keep her first grandchild, who was born a month after the Minneapolis epidemic. Krug is now fully vaccinated and plans to travel in April for her granddaughter’s first birthday.

“I can not wait,” said Krug, whose only contact with the girl was around Zoom և FaceTime. “It’s very strange that he does not have me in my life yet.”

The excitement he feels causes a feeling of sadness. Her fiancée, with whom she eagerly awaited sharing of her grandmother’s responsibilities, died of COVID-19 hours after the baby was born. He arranged it in a nursing home.

Elderly adults isolated in pandemics were hit hard by loneliness caused by restrictions on human safety. Many of them attended summer meetings, canceled vacation plans, and missed family vacations in November and December.

In older states such as Maine, Arizona, and Florida, health care providers were concerned about the emotional and physical damage of loneliness, with additional health problems at the top of the virus.

But that is changing, շատ more older people are re-emerging after being vaccinated in the first group.

Those who are fully vaccinated are ready to leave Dodge without worrying about risking an epidemic that has claimed more than 540,000 lives in the United States.

“It simply came to our notice then. “I feel good about moving forward,” said Ken Hughes, a 79-year-old Florida resident who flew with his wife to Arizona in April after a year-long delay.

Many adults want to jump on a plane to travel. Others look forward to simpler things like eating at a restaurant, going to the movies or playing bingo.

Sally Adams, 74, was among several elderly people who showed up at a “parking bingo” in Glendale, Arizona. He felt safe because he had been vaccinated after being in his car for the first bingo event in more than a year.

When he reaches the peak of his immunity, he plans to do small things, such as eating out. Both she and her husband, who is also vaccinated, only made grain. Now they feel that it would be normal to eat even inside as long as it is not crowded.

“We will probably go in and take the table farthest from other people to be on the safe side,” he said.

Indeed, many adults are cautious, especially when the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention refused to facilitate travel recommendations.

Frequent traveler Cindy Charest was so excited about the prospect of leaving for the first time in a year that she posted a plane emoji on social media with a photo of her vaccination.

But he is now waiting to see after the CDC advised him to give up trivial air travel for now.

“I think I was excited before that,” said Charest, 65, of Westbrook, Maine. But he is ready to jump when the time comes. He watches to change leadership.

Others are cautious, too.

“We’re still in it,” said Claudette Green, 68, of Portland, Maine. “We have made a lot of progress, but we have not been able to finish with that.”

Katie Bubar said she and her husband were fully vaccinated but in no hurry to push the situation. The 73-year-old Portland resident plans to wait until the fall before planning a major trip. He hopes to go on safari in December.

“My goal in all this is not to be the last person to die from COVID. “I am ready to be patient and take as long as it takes,” he said.

The Griffins were also careful before they joined their granddaughter.

Bill Griffin from Waterboro did not dare to have close contact with family members before the vaccination because he has lung disease, heart disease, kidney disease, and high blood pressure. 19:

“Everyone wants to live for a moment, but the moment could be very deadly. “We listened to the scientists,” he said.

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Associated Press writers Adriana Gomez Lycon in Miami և Terry Tang in Phoenix contributed to this report.

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