103-year-old Salem woman receives Carilion Clinic’s 50,000th dose of coronavirus vaccine

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Almeeds Bratton, 103, from Salem was recognized on Feb. 20, 2021 as the recipient of Carilion Clinic’s 50,000th dose of the coronavirus vaccine. (Photo: Courtesy Carilion Clinic)

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — A 103-year-old woman from Salem and Carilion Clinic both celebrated major milestones on Saturday because this woman not only received her second dose of the coronavirus vaccine, but that dose happened to be the 50,000th dose administered by Carilion in partnership with the VDH.

Carilion Clinic says Almeeds Bratton was the recipient of the 50,000th dose during an event held at the Berglund Center on Saturday, Feb. 20.

When asked the share her secret to a good life, Bratton reportedly said, “Just trying to be good to everyone.”

Almeeds Bratton, 103, from Salem received a standing ovation from staff and attendees at a vaccination clinic at the Berglund Center on Feb. 20, 2021 as the recipient of Carilion Clinic’s 50,000th dose of the coronavirus vaccine. (Photo: Courtesy Carilion Clinic)

According to Carilion Clinic, the 50,000-dose milestone includes both the first and second doses administered by Carilion throughout the region so far.

“This is truly an exciting milestone,” said Chad Alvarez, Pharm. D., senior director of pharmacy and the leader of Carilion’s COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force. “It’s a testament to our partnership with VDH and ongoing community collaboration throughout Carilion’s service area. We are excited and honored to continue our partnerships with the leadership of the local health districts in our region to assist with the ongoing vaccination efforts.”

However, health officials say the milestone only includes vaccines delivered by Carilion, not those administered by the VDH. For example, even though Carilion reportedly delivered 17,000 vaccines at the Berglund Center, that is only a portion of the vaccines administered at that venue.

According to Carilion, the best way to get access to the vaccine if you are eligible is through the VDH’s pre-registration system.

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