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'Vaccine Queens' help 98-year-old WWII veteran in Bay Village get vaccinated

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Posted at 7:10 PM, Mar 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-27 19:10:20-04

BAY VILLAGE, Ohio — Marla Zwinggi and Stacey Bene, better known as the internet sensation “Vaccine Queens,” have made headlines helping those without internet access, with limited knowledge of technology or conditions that keep them from leaving their homes, get the COVID-19 vaccine. One of their latest success stories is helping an 98-year-old Bay Village veteran get his shot.

William Black served in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II.

Black knew Morse code and worked well in battlefield conditions, helping the nation when it needed him most. And when Black was in need, the Vaccine Queens stepped up and did what they do best.

Working with the City of Bay Village and Discount Drug Mart, the duo got Black the vaccine—sent straight to his door.

“It allowed us to see what we could do, and in this case it worked out really, really well and our pharmacist Jim was able to swing by and protect Mr. Black with the vaccine,” said Jason Briscoe of Discount Drug Mart.

Black said he was honored to be taken care of so well and feels great after receiving his shot.

“Everything was coordinated beautifully. To have those people come into my home, our home, and take care of this shot for me, I feel so unique,” Black said. “No fever, no uneasiness, nothing, it just, everything is just normal for my 98-year old body.”

As for the Vaccine Queens—they are more than happy to help and know the importance of the work they’re doing.

“It’s a greater conversation about how we value the elderly in this country. I am really happy to be a part of that conversation, and I know Stacey is as well,” Zwinggi said.

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