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Local senior citizens plan to travel, feel confident going out after getting both vaccine doses

Posted at 10:27 PM, Mar 09, 2021

HOBART, Wis. (NBC 26) -- Now that Myrt Freeberg has gotten both doses of the Covid vaccine, 'good things are coming ahead.'

"I'm anxious to get out," Freeberg said. "I like to be out and about... now I can go out to a few stores and feel comfortable."

And she's not the only one.

Many fully-vaccinated Northeast Wisconsinites feel more confident doing the things they did before the pandemic. Freeberg even plans to travel.

"I'll be going up to Rice Lake to my daughter's place up there," she said. "And she's anxious for me to come and I can't wait to get up there because it's been quite a while."

Freeberg lives at Emerald Bay, a Hobart-based retirement home. Some of her vaccinated neighbors are ready to see their loved ones face to face.

"My family can maybe start coming back to visit," Jo Forrest, who got two doses of the Moderna vaccine, said. "One's away in Maryland. I haven't seen him since 2019."

"When you're on quarantine, you don't have the advantage of going out and having all the activities like you would like to be going to; like family coming here and maybe taking me places," Pat Freele, who is also fully vaccinated, said.

And people like Freeberg can attest. She might be making travel plans now, but says she hasn't even been to a restaurant in almost a year.

"We have a bus here [at Emerald Bay], so we do go out for lunch often [before the pandemic]," Freeberg said. "And so that will be coming back and I can't wait for that."

After what she says felt like forever, Freeberg and her friends have the vaccine and are already getting back to the 'old normal.'

"We've been quarantined for a long time and I'm so grateful that we have been, because we don't have anybody sick here," Freeberg said. "And I feel really good."