“I can’t tell you how much I’ve looked forward to this moment. I haven’t hugged my family since Christmas of 2019 and knowing I can safely embrace them again brings me to tears. My family means the world to me and knowing my Nana is in the high risk category made us all extremely cautious because our family would be lost if anything happened to her. We missed birthdays, holidays, regular visits – all in the name of safety and caution.

Knowing I’m finally going to be able to see my family back in LA, give them a hug, and know I’m not adding risk gives me so much warmth and excitement. Getting the vaccine had little to do with keeping me safe and everything to do with protecting the people I love.”