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A 90-year-old woman in Seattle walked 6 miles through snow to get her COVID-19 vaccine

Summary List PlacementA 90-year-old woman in Seattle, Washington, says she walked six miles roundtrip through the snow to get to a COVID-19 appointment. Fran Goldman told the Seattle Times she walked to and from her COVID-19 appointment at the Seattle Children's Hospital on Sunday morning. Washington state announced last month that anyone...

This undated photo provided by Ruth Goldman shows Fran Goldman. A rare winter storm that dumped a foot of snow on Seattle couldn't keep Fran Goldman from her first appointment for the coronavirus vaccine on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021. The 90-year old walked six miles round trip to get her shot.

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A 90-year-old woman in Seattle, Washington, says she walked six miles roundtrip through the snow to get to a COVID-19 appointment.

Fran Goldman told the Seattle Times she walked to and from her COVID-19 appointment at the Seattle Children’s Hospital on Sunday morning.

Washington state announced last month that anyone older than 70 could get a vaccine, and Goldman called hospitals and pharmacies and looked online for weeks before she finally scored the appointment, she told The Washington Post in a separate interview. 

And while Goldman can still drive, she opted to walk to the appointment when she saw there was snow in the forecast, and even tested out the walk with her hiking poles the day before her vaccine was scheduled.

On the day of the appointment there was nearly a foot of snow on the ground.

“It was not easy going, it was challenging,” she told the Seattle Times of her three-mile walk on the Burke-Gilman Trail, which she took to get from her condo to the hospital.

Goldman made it to the hospital in about an hour, and was just five minutes late to her appointment.

After receiving her vaccine, she walked three miles back home.

Her daughter, Ruth Goldman, who lives in Buffalo, New York, told the Seattle Times she wasn’t surprised by her mom’s actions, saying a “little snow” wasn’t going to stop her.

“We’re outside people,” she said. “We love being outside. I was out yesterday at Lake Ontario with a wind chill of 6 degrees.”

Goldman is scheduled to receive her second shot in March.

“I hope I’ll be able to drive, but I could walk again,” she told The Post.

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