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Catholic volunteers receive vaccines

Catholics involved in giving, receiving COVID-19 vaccines

Margaret Whitty didn’t hesitate when given the opportunity to be among the first residents of the Stella Maris Nursing Home near Baltimore to receive the coronavirus vaccine.

“They have done their homework,” 93-year-old Whitty said of the researchers. She received her first dose of the vaccine Dec. 23.

Whitty, the mother of eight children, all of whom still live in the Baltimore area, arrived at the Sisters of Mercy-sponsored Stella Maris in March, just before the start of the pandemic. Her visits with family have been limited, sometimes outside in the courtyard, sometimes behind glass.

She has been unable to attend Mass in person, instead watching on television. She celebrated her 93rd birthday over Zoom from Maryland’s largest long-term care facility.

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