LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Seniors across Indiana are some of the first people in the state to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
According to a report by FOX 59, Don and Joyce Hoffman are now among the group of Hoosiers who have been vaccinated. Governor Eric Holcomb mentioned the couple in his weekly news conference.
The Hoffmans have been married for 67 years.
"I saw him in the cafeteria, and I thought 'I think he'd be fun to know sometime' and here I got married," said Joyce Hoffman, who received her COVID vaccine.
Don and Joyce Hoffman are now in their 90s. The longest the two have been away from each other was last summer when Joyce had COVID.
"Oh, it was a long time," said Don. "I thought we would never get together. It was forever I thought. Oh my goodness, it was terrible."
Despite all of Don's desperate tries, the couple had to spend five weeks apart.
"In fact, I wanted to go upstairs," Don said. "I said, 'Let me get the virus too, and then I can be up there with her.' They didn't like that idea. They said, 'You can't do that.'"
Waiting was the only option for the Hoffmans, and the wait was worth it.
"I missed her hugs and kisses," Don said. "I didn't get any hugs and kisses while you were gone. And then when I turned around, she was right there standing behind me."
After being reunited, the Hoffmans had to wait again, this time for a vaccine.
This past Friday, Don and Joyce were two of the nearly 200 residents and staff at Hooverwood Living Facility in Indianapolis to get the first dose of the Moderna vaccine.
"The shot was nothing," Don said. "I can't believe it yet. I still can't believe it. I said, 'Are they going to give me a shot?' They said, 'You already had it (laughs). It was so painless -- didn't hurt at all."
This husband and wife are remaining hopeful that this is that start of life getting back to normal, but until then, they have each other.
The Hoffmans are scheduled to get their second vaccine on Feb. 5. They'll celebrate their 68th wedding anniversary on July 13.
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