ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -- It was an exciting day for both residents and staff members at The Waters on Mayowood, as they received their first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday.
"I feel wonderful," said resident Maggie Bartels. "I'm so happy to get it!"
"It went really well," said The Waters on Mayowood CNA/Med Aid Renee Meyer. "Wasn't bad at all."
"Over 99 percent of our residents have been vaccinated," said The Waters on Mayowood Executive Director Autumn Ostergaard. "And then over 50 percent of our staff have been vaccinated. So it's a pretty good percentage of our population, and just excited to not have as much worry."
Residents were given their shots individually inside their apartments or just outside their doors. Staff members say it was important to them to get the vaccine to protect themselves and the residents against the virus.
"We don't want to get the COVID and I enjoy working in healthcare," Meyer said. "I enjoy working here and I'm also in nursing school in Red Wing. It's important to keep our residents safe."
"Because I'm working here, it's very dangerous for the residents and for me too because I'm old," said Jose Cinros in maintenance at The Waters on Mayowood.
Residents and staff members alike were looking forward to getting their shots.
"It's a sigh of relief," Ostergaard said. "Our residents are so excited, they are smiling again, they want to get back to normalcy and seeing their family and activities. Just to see the glimmer of hope this morning and to have them all ready and bright eyed and bushy tailed to get to work."
"There have been so many people that have been to the masks and everything, and I think if we can get a lot of people vaccinated, things will turn around a bit," Bartels said.
Ostergaard said they hope to gradually open things back up for the residents over the next few months as vaccinations continue.