Barbara Schmalenberger, 86, was the first to receive the vaccine at the Schottenstein Center, in Columbus, Ohio, an arena where mass vaccines are taking place, just days after it was authorized.
“It was really exciting,” Schmalenberger told CNN after getting the shot. “When I got out of my car, I was shaking I was so excited. I couldn’t wait.”
Almost 4 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be available immediately, adding to the amount allotted to states and the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program.
Schmalenberger’s journey has been emotional, she said.
“I called yesterday and I was on the phone with them a long time. I was crying because I was upset, because I couldn’t find out when I could get this shot and I wanted this shot. I didn’t want to settle for anything else.”
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