SEVIERVILLE — On Jan 5. Sevierville Health & Rehabilitation administered the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine they received.

The first resident vaccinated was 99-year-old Mary Dowdy, who volunteered to be the first resident to get the immunization.

“I feel blessed to be able to receive this vaccine and hope it will allow things to return to normal,” she said.

The facility had 73% of the its residents vaccinated this first round and 83% of the staff received the vaccine. The facility staff lined up to receive their first dose of the Moderna vaccine.

“I’m taking the vaccine to protect your loved ones. In this devastating time where we are the only person-to-person contact they have I want to ensure that they are kept safe,” said Jessica Carr, admissions/marketing.