EUGENE, Ore. -- Nearly all of the residents at The Springs at Greer Gardens Retirement Living in Eugene got the COVID-19 vaccine Sunday.
Over 300 residents got the shot during the community's first vaccine clinic. CEO and Owner, Fee Stubblefield, said this will bring them one step closer to having a normal life.
"We've seen people crying, we've seen people just jumping up and down with happiness that there's a sense this is going to come to an end," Stubblefield said. "There's a sense that we're going to get back to normal, that there's a sense they will be free again and that they can connect again."
Robert Berry is a resident in the community and said he was thrilled to finally get the vaccine.
"I felt good," Berry said. "I felt like I've been relieved."
Stubblefield said there was some frustration that not all residents in the community could get the vaccine right when it came out.
Last week, staff was only able to give vaccines to those living in the assisted living and memory care departments in the community. However, this week nearly all the residents living in the complex were able to get the vaccine.
"Over 95% of our residents are vaccinated today," Stubblefield. "Our residents are our number one priority. Our second priority is our caregivers and staff."
Donald Schroeder is a resident and a physician. He said he got the vaccine Sunday because he knows it's safe.
"It has passed all three phases and it's absolutely safe," Schroeder said. "I would encourage everyone out there to get the vaccine."