Advocate Aurora Health administers their 100,000th dose of COVID-19 vaccine

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. (CBS 58) -- Advocate Aurora Health reached a significant milestone in the battle against COVID-19 on Tuesday, Feb. 2.

In a press release, the health system announced the administration of their 100,000th dose of the vaccine.

The recipient, 88-year-old Marian Gaither of Chicago, received the 100,000th dose Tuesday morning at the Advocate Aurora COVID Vaccine Center in Oak Lawn, Illinois. It was her first dose of the vaccine. 

The hospital says Gaither is most looking forward to attending church services in person again and meeting with her friends in the seniors group to play cards.  

“I’m tired of staying in the house,” Gaither said. "It doesn't hurt. The people here are very, very nice."

The health group says on a rolling basis based on risk factors, all Advocate Aurora patients will receive a direct communication -- either by email, text or phone call -- to schedule their vaccine. 

"It's going to take time to distribute the vaccine, so we need to be patient as it rolls out and continue to be vigilant about wearing masks and social distancing," Executive Medical Director of Infectious Disease and Prevention Dr. Robert Citronberg said. "But the sight of seniors like Marian getting their vaccine doses is just another reason to be hopeful that we're going to get to the end of the pandemic eventually."

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