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Sophia Walker, a registered nurse at The Reservoir, a Genesis HealthCare facility, said getting the COVID-19 vaccine was ‘setting a great example for the Black community.’ (Ronni Newton /

WEST HARTFORD, CT — Hope, in the form of small vials of liquid, arrived in the West Hartford community Friday morning as the process of vaccinating the state’s nursing home residents and staff began at The Reservoir.

Exactly nine months ago, on March 18, the first case of COVID-19 was diagnosed in a Connecticut nursing home.

On Friday, Jeanne Peters, 95, was the first resident of The Reservoir, a nursing home owned by Genesis HealthCare, to receive the vaccine, which officials said marks the true beginning of the end of the pandemic. For safety, only staff and a small number of officials and a photographer who had been tested in advance were permitted inside to witness the vaccination.

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