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12-year-old helps her 65+aged neighbors get COVID-19 vaccine appointments

After seeing her own grandparents struggle to get COVID-19 vaccine appointments, this middle school student knew she had to do something to help.

12-year-old Tori Fuchs decided to take matters into her own hands. “Given the pandemic that we’re going through I felt that trying to get people vaccine would be the best idea and most helpful,” Fuchs said.

Every morning, by 6 a.m., Tori hops onto the computer to help those in her community that are over 65 secure an appointment.

Michelle Fuchs is Tori’s mom. “She has gotten over 20 people vaccines and appointments in Naples and Fort Myers,” Michelle said. “It’s been an amazing successful experience.”

Both Tori and her mom, Michelle, realize just how difficult it can be to figure out the appointment system on the computer can be for older generations.

And, calling them to let them know they’ve secured their first dose is the reason Tori doesn’t plan on stopping any time soon.

“After I call them they’re just really happy that they got a vaccine given that they have been trying for who knows how long,” Tori said.

“Just calling them and hearing that reaction on peoples voices and just how amazing it feels that we are saving people’s lives,” Michelle said.

Tori’s next step is to help her teachers get their appointments. She’s already begun working with her school’s principal to make it happen.

Reporter:Andrea Guerrero
Writer:Drew Hill
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