On her 100th birthday, Mildred Grassman got flowers, candy, money — and her second shot of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Mildred Grassman’s second Covid-19 vaccine appointment fell on her 100th birthday. Watch what surprise hospital staff prepared for her.
On her 100th birthday, Mildred Grassman got flowers, candy, money — and her second shot of the Covid-19 vaccine.
“It means everything to me,” Grassman said just after getting the last shot at Ascension St. Vincent Evansville in Indiana. “At my age, I didn’t want to get the disease.”
It also means that eventually, Grassman will be able to get back to what she loves — playing cards and bingo and being with her friends — once most people are vaccinated.
“She’s very social,” her daughter, Mary Carl, said of Grassman. “She’s never met a stranger,” she said, so the pandemic has been rough for Grassman, who has her own condo-like home at an independent living facility for seniors in Evansville.
Grassman is among the more than 5.6 million Americans who have been fully vaccinated, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data. More than 25 million have received at least one vaccine shot, with most states aiming to immunize the elderly and others who are most vulnerable.
When Grassman arrived at the clinic Monday morning, sporting a T-shirt with a Rosie the Riveter-like image and a facemask that read “Fabulous since 1921,” she was greeted with the “Happy Birthday” song over the sound system, and everyone wearing party hats.