Vaccine Voices: Looking forward to a return to walking club

Avamere at Bethany, an independent living, assisted living and memory care community in Portland, held its first COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Jan. 11, 2021. They shared the vaccine story of David Rohrback, a senior resident, on their blog.  

Almost a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, our “shot” out of it brings hope to many across the United States. Seniors are within phase 1a of the COVID-19 vaccine distribution, including residents and patients in Avamere Living communities.

David Rohrback was among the residents vaccinated.

David is an active resident with Avamere at Bethany, where he has lived since May 2016. He caught and overcame COVID-19 in March 2020. Now he received the COVID-19 vaccine to protect himself and others from the disease.

David makes the most of his retirement with his fellow neighbors at Avamere at Bethany. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, David enjoyed playing bingo and joining friends for a stroll as part of the walking club, a group he started with fellow residents to walk twice a week.

He looks forward to joining his Avamere friends and neighbors in the dining room after they are vaccinated, and it is safe to meet again. You can also watch this video from a vaccination clinic at Avamere at Sherwood:

This article first appeared in the March 2, 2021 issue of Oregon Coronavirus Update.