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Eau Claire couple receives COVID-19 vaccine

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Photo Credit: Mayo Clinic Health System
Andree Biles (left) receiving her COVID vaccine from Pharmacist Amber Vandermeuse and Jack Biles (right) receiving his COVID vaccine from Pharmacist Maggie Peinovich

EAU CLAIRE (WQOW) - Monday is officially the day that Wisconsinites aged 65 and older can get their COVID shots, including an older Eau Claire couple.

"I think it's wonderful. We were very very pleased to be able to get this appointment," Andree Biles said.

Andree Biles, 85, and her husband Jack Biles, 87, got their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine at Mayo Clinic Health System Monday morning.

Andree said it was an easy process. The clinic emailed them last week when they were eligible.

During the pandemic, the couple said they've been very careful about wearing masks, physical distancing and not going out to eat.

Although Andree and Jack are delighted to finally get their shots, they are still being cautious about their health and keeping their social circle small.

"It really has been a concern because we are the ages that we are," Andree Biles said. "We are more susceptible and it's important that we take care of ourselves to protect our loved ones, our family, our community. So, I think it's important to do what we can to help control this virus."

Andree said the vaccine is safe and encourages others, especially those her age, to get it as well.

The couple is expected to return to Mayo in three weeks to receive their second doses.

Katrina Lim

Katrina Lim joined the News 18 team in August 2019 as a multimedia journalist. She was born and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey but has lived in all time zones of the contiguous U.S.A.

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