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SWFL woman who lost mom to COVID-19 happy about vaccine progress

Moderna asked for emergency use authorization Monday for its coronavirus vaccine, saying it’s 94% effective. It also says the vaccine is 100% effective preventing severe cases.

We spoke to a woman in Collier County who lost her mother to COVID-19. She says she knows personally the virus can kill after seeing what her mom went through. But she wants to wait until there’s more data out there to get a vaccine. Others say they will be the first ones in line.

“I sadly lost my mom, 96.5-years-old, to COVID last May fourth of this year, but what a life she lived,” said Pam Mathews, who is a retired nurse and still volunteers.

Mathews knows what it’s like to lose a loved one to this virus, so she is happy to learn Moderna is making strides with a COVID-19 vaccine.

“I’m happy to hear there is going to be selections of the best vaccine to offer folks,” Mathews said.

Data shows the vaccine will be 94.1% effective at preventing the virus and 100% effective at preventing severe cases.

“I have to see some results before I can agree with that,” Mathews said.

Some simply won’t consider the vaccine.

“Would I do it? I’m perfectly healthy, so no,” Nick Ivezic said.

Others say they will waste no time.

“I’ll be right there, first in the door if they will let me,” Dan Ricks said.

Dr. Anthony Fauci said first vaccinations for COVID-19 will take place toward the end of December.

“I hope it gives all Americans great confidence because unless we all get the vaccine, it’s not going to help that much,” June Ricks said.

Reporter:Taylor Smith
Writer:Jack Lowenstein
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