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Woman uses stimulus money to fly grandparents back to Chicago to get COVID-19 vaccine: ‘I just hoped I would see them again’

Laura Rodríguez Presa, Chicago Tribune on

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So when Oyarzun got her stimulus check and realized that her grandparents qualified to get vaccinated in Chicago, she made the appointment and bought the tickets.

The family decided that flying them to Chicago was a risk worth taking.

On Monday, the day after they arrived in Chicago, Oyarzun drove her grandparents to the United Center to get their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

“It felt surreal, I felt extremely happy. I was more excited than they were,” Oyarzun said, after Perez and Rodriguez both had their first shot.

Rodriguez sobbed, unable to contain her emotions.


“I’m deeply grateful for our granddaughter, for worrying about us and taking care of us,” Rodriguez said. “And I thank God that she has the opportunity to do this for us.”

Oyarzun said it is thanks to her grandparents that she has been able to have what she has now.

When she finally saw them again, they walked more slowly and had more wrinkles than they did the last time she saw them, she said.

“Distance between loved ones is a terrible thing,” said her grandmother.

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