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105-year-old woman who has lived through multiple pandemics gets coronavirus vaccine

A local woman, Clara Dye, made it to 105 years old and endured two pandemics.

Posted: Jan 22, 2021 6:15 PM
Updated: Jan 22, 2021 7:51 PM

One of the coronavirus doses went to a 105-year-old local woman. Older in age -- but young in soul. She's quite the tough cookie having lived through two pandemics.

Clara Dye is an incredible woman and still quite the personality at age 105. She arrived at Herkimer County Community College today to get her COVID-19 vaccine. And she said it was a piece of cake. 

But this isn't the only pandemic Clara has been through -- she was a child during the 1918 flu pandemic. She survived the Spanish flu when she was only 5 years old. Clara's family are very happy to help her get through this second pandemic. Clara's daughter in law, Christine Roberts, said "Since she has come this long at 105...we've taken enough chances and we would avoid anymore chance of her getting COVID."

She always gets her flu shot and eats healthy, which is why she is in such great condition and high spirits. But she does have a special request, or maybe a few. Clara's son, Dick Roberts said she enjoys, "McDonald's, cinnamon buns, and a Happy Meal."

And although she has a sweet tooth, she doesn't have many health issues. Christine said, "No, not really. She does take, you know, medication, very little...She doesn't like medicine and she doesn't need much."

Clara loves fashion and watching game shows like Jeopardy.

Clara will get her second coronavirus vaccine shot in three weeks.

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