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This 90-year-old woman walked 6 miles in the snow to get her COVID-19 vaccine

A Seattle woman walked 6 miles to get her vaccine. She trudged through 1 foot of snow

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This undated photo provided by Ruth Goldman shows Fran Goldman. A rare winter storm that dumped a foot of snow on Seattle couldn’t keep Fran Goldman from her first appointment for the coronavirus vaccine on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021.

This undated photo provided by Ruth Goldman shows Fran Goldman. A rare winter storm that dumped a foot of snow on Seattle couldn’t keep Fran Goldman from her first appointment for the coronavirus vaccine on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021.

Ruth Goldman via Associated Press

A 90-year-old woman reportedly walked through a snowstorm to receive her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, The Seattle Times reports.

What happened?

Fran Goldman walked 6 miles — round trip — through the snow in Seattle to get her vaccination, according to The Seattle Times.

  • Goldman decided to walk to her appointment after she struggled to secure one.
  • “I have been calling to get an appointment anywhere, every morning, every afternoon and often I’ve been online at night,” Goldman said.

Per NBC News, she finally found an appointment on Sunday morning. However, a powerful winter storm ravaged Seattle on Friday and Saturday, which caused 1 foot of snow to fall in the area.

  • Goldman still walked to the vaccine appointment “in fleece pants and a short-sleeved shirt so that the nurse could get to her arm easily,” according to NBC News. She wore a fleece jacket, a down coat and a rain jacket as well to keep herself safe from the elements.

Goldman eventually received the vaccination, per The Associated Press. The whole ordeal surprised her daughter, Ruth Goldman, who lives in Buffalo, New York.

  • “We’re outside people,” she said. “We love being outside. I was out yesterday at Lake Ontario with a wind chill of 6 degrees.”

Vaccines and winter storms

Coronavirus vaccine shipments will face “widespread delays” due to the winter storms plaguing much of the country, The Washington Post reports. The wintry weather conditions slowed the distribution of the vaccine, which has upended scheduled appointments. There will also be issues with monitoring storage sites for the vaccine, The Washington Post reports.

  • “Due to the severe winter weather currently impacting a large swath of the country, the U.S. government is projecting widespread delays in COVID-19 vaccine shipments and deliveries over the next few days,” Kristen Nordlund, a spokeswoman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told The Washington Post.