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Mom receiving her 2nd COVID-19 vaccine

I was a resident physician working in an Intensive Care Unit during the COVID-19 pandemic in Chicago. I was unable to see my mother for over a year. This photograph was taken the week that I was able to safely reunite with her. I was able to accompany her to receive her 2nd COVID-19 vaccine dose, and I snapped this photograph to capture the moment. I love how much pride her body language conveys here: head held high, eyes closed, completely soaking in the gravity of this moment we had long awaited after months of uncertainty.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 03.2021
Date Uploaded: 10.2021
Photo Location: Denver, Colorado, United States of America
Camera: iPhone 12 mini
Copyright: © Liz Lees