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Retired Dutchess County nurse, patient advocate becomes volunteer vaccine observer

Barbara Grace spent 40 years with Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital - 30 as a nurse and the last 10 as a volunteer patient advocate after retiring from nursing.

News 12 Staff

May 10, 2021, 7:39 PM

Updated 1,138 days ago

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A retired Dutchess County nurse answered the call for help during the pandemic.
Barbara Grace spent 40 years with MidHudson Regional Hospital - 30 as a nurse and the last 10 as a volunteer patient advocate after retiring from nursing.
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When the Poughkeepsie hospital asked if she'd like a new volunteer position as an observer with their vaccination process, she happily accepted. She began this past February.
She says she hasn't seen any major allergic reactions from COVID-19 vaccines - just smiles.
"When they come in for their vaccines, they're all happy. They're thrilled. Finally, I said one day, 'Disney's got nothing on us. We're the happiest place on Earth,'" she says.
Grace began her observation role back in February.


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