Melinda Hicks has seen her 75-year-old mother just once in the last eight months, a brief visit in late October to the Alzheimer’s unit at a Texas City nursing home, before a recent spike in COVID-19 cases again restricted in-person visits to residents.
When Hicks heard that Texas would be receiving millions of doses of a recently authorized COVID-19 vaccine that prioritizes nursing home residents, she was hopeful that she might be able to hold her mom’s hand again, maybe even before the holidays.
“I’m not an anti-vaccine person,” Hicks said, noting that as her mother’s medical power of attorney, she would have to sign off on her getting a dose. “I get my flu shot every year. I make sure (my mom) gets hers. I wouldn’t have a problem with her taking the vaccine.”
While COVID-19 cases continue to rise across Texas, there is renewed optimism that this latest