Mansfield Courier

Centenaria­n gets vaccinated at pharmacy

- By SHAUN McMAHON

ELSIE McLeod celebrated her 100th birthday at the end of 2019.

Like the rest of us, she had no idea a global health pandemic would sweep the world just a few months later.

Unlike most of us, however, this wasn’t Elsie’s first rodeo.

Elsie has worked in a munitions factory during World War II, married a naval seaman, had three daughters, taught sewing, undertaken secretaria­l duties, worked for a historical society, and volunteere­d with St John Ambulance.

She moved to Mansfield around 2004 to be closer to her daughter Jill after her husband passed away.

Elsie’s seen and done her fair share, including previous global health pandemics, but she’s still experienci­ng new things.

This week Elsie received her COVID-19 vaccinatio­n at Cathy Henry’s Mansfield Pharmacy.

The pharmacy recently became an approved regional provider of the vaccinatio­n rollout program, with Cathy conducting their first vaccinatio­n to local, Mary Covill.

“And we’ve done a lot more since,” said Cathy.

“Katrina and my team are doing an amazing job ensuring everything runs smoothly.”

Elsie’s appointmen­t was no exception.

While she won’t be receiving any congratula­tory cards from Queen Elizabeth II, the Governor General or the Prime Minister for rolling up her sleeve to get a dose of AstraZenec­a, she’s doing her part for the local community, and for that we can all be grateful.

 ??  ?? DOING HER PART: Elsie McLeod after receiving her COVID-19 vaccinatio­n from Cathy Henry at the Mansfield Pharmacy.
DOING HER PART: Elsie McLeod after receiving her COVID-19 vaccinatio­n from Cathy Henry at the Mansfield Pharmacy.

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