‘We have less worry’: Hundreds complete vaccine series at second News 3 Now Vaccine Day

Vaccine Day results in 554 shots given

MADISON, Wis. – Hundreds of people finished their vaccine series at the second News 3 Now Vaccine Day Thursday.

Three weeks ago at the first event, 565 shots were administered, mostly to people between the ages of 12 and 15. A total of 554 doses were given Thursday, about half at the News 3 Now station’s parking lot and the other half at the William G. Lunney Lake Farm County Park. Of those doses, 66 were the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

“We’re excited,” said Denise Braun, who came to the News 3 Now parking lot with her 14-year-old son, Matthew Braun, for him to get his final Pfizer dose.

Maybe getting excited for a shot isn’t standard, but the past year has been anything but normal.

“I could really only play video games and talk through Zoom and stuff like that,” Matthew Braun said. “Now that I can actually go out and hang out with friends, that’ll be a lot nicer.”

“My husband, his dad, has cancer, so we were worried about that,” Denise Braun said. “I work in the school district, so it was pretty important we get vaccinated to be safe.”

That worry is waning, as each vaccine offers another shot at normalcy.

“Summer camps are back online, we’ve got sports going on again, we’re going on a road trip together,” said Beth O’Callaghan, who brought her three eligible daughters for their final shots. “It feels great. It feels really good. We have less worry. We have less stress. We’re starting to engage more, doing more activities.”

David Hyden drove about an hour from Wyocena for the Johnson & Johnson shot. He said it was worth it.

“Now I’m done. Now I don’t have to worry about it, worry about masks,” Hyden said. “I wasn’t interested in getting the shot, but everyone else wants you to get it. You see it on the news every day. I thought might as well get it. I’m helping out society, I guess.”

For most, there’s no big celebration for finishing up the vaccine series.

“No big, special thing,” said O’Callaghan, whose family had a full night of sports practices ahead. “Just normal.”

But now, normal isn’t so bad.

“It’s really good to just be done,” Denise Braun said.