Romanian woman, 104, says vaccine "only way" to end pandemic

  • Zoea Baltag receives her second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in Bucharest, Romania, Sunday, March 28, 2021. A 104-year-old Romanian woman received her second vaccine dose against COVID-19, becoming the oldest person in Romania's capital Bucharest to be fully inoculated against the disease.

    Zoea Baltag receives her second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in Bucharest, Romania, Sunday, March 28, 2021. A 104-year-old Romanian woman received her second vaccine dose against COVID-19, becoming the oldest person in Romania's capital Bucharest to be fully inoculated against the disease. Associated Press

  • Zoea Baltag receives her second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in Bucharest, Romania, Sunday, March 28, 2021. A 104-year-old Romanian woman received her second vaccine dose against COVID-19, becoming the oldest person in Romania's capital Bucharest to be fully inoculated against the disease.

    Zoea Baltag receives her second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in Bucharest, Romania, Sunday, March 28, 2021. A 104-year-old Romanian woman received her second vaccine dose against COVID-19, becoming the oldest person in Romania's capital Bucharest to be fully inoculated against the disease. Associated Press

  • Zoea Baltag holds the hand of her great grandson Tudor, after receiving her second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in Bucharest, Romania, Sunday, March 28, 2021. A 104-year-old Romanian woman received her second vaccine dose against COVID-19, becoming the oldest person in Romania's capital Bucharest to be fully inoculated against the disease.

    Zoea Baltag holds the hand of her great grandson Tudor, after receiving her second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in Bucharest, Romania, Sunday, March 28, 2021. A 104-year-old Romanian woman received her second vaccine dose against COVID-19, becoming the oldest person in Romania's capital Bucharest to be fully inoculated against the disease. Associated Press

  • Zoea Baltag, center, receives flowers from a local administration official, while being surrounded by the media after getting her second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in Bucharest, Romania, Sunday, March 28, 2021. A 104-year-old Romanian woman received her second vaccine dose against COVID-19, becoming the oldest person in Romania's capital Bucharest to be fully inoculated against the disease.

    Zoea Baltag, center, receives flowers from a local administration official, while being surrounded by the media after getting her second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in Bucharest, Romania, Sunday, March 28, 2021. A 104-year-old Romanian woman received her second vaccine dose against COVID-19, becoming the oldest person in Romania's capital Bucharest to be fully inoculated against the disease. Associated Press

  • A member of the medical staff checks on Zoea Baltag after she received her second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in Bucharest, Romania, Sunday, March 28, 2021. A 104-year-old Romanian woman received her second vaccine dose against COVID-19, becoming the oldest person in Romania's capital Bucharest to be fully inoculated against the disease.

    A member of the medical staff checks on Zoea Baltag after she received her second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in Bucharest, Romania, Sunday, March 28, 2021. A 104-year-old Romanian woman received her second vaccine dose against COVID-19, becoming the oldest person in Romania's capital Bucharest to be fully inoculated against the disease. Associated Press

  • Zoea Baltag sits by posters advertising vaccinations, next to her great grandson Tudor after receiving her second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in Bucharest, Romania, Sunday, March 28, 2021. A 104-year-old Romanian woman received her second vaccine dose against COVID-19, becoming the oldest person in Romania's capital Bucharest to be fully inoculated against the disease.

    Zoea Baltag sits by posters advertising vaccinations, next to her great grandson Tudor after receiving her second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in Bucharest, Romania, Sunday, March 28, 2021. A 104-year-old Romanian woman received her second vaccine dose against COVID-19, becoming the oldest person in Romania's capital Bucharest to be fully inoculated against the disease. Associated Press

  • Zoea Baltag is supported by medical staff after receiving her second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in Bucharest, Romania, Sunday, March 28, 2021. A 104-year-old Romanian woman received her second vaccine dose against COVID-19, becoming the oldest person in Romania's capital Bucharest to be fully inoculated against the disease.

    Zoea Baltag is supported by medical staff after receiving her second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in Bucharest, Romania, Sunday, March 28, 2021. A 104-year-old Romanian woman received her second vaccine dose against COVID-19, becoming the oldest person in Romania's capital Bucharest to be fully inoculated against the disease. Associated Press

  • Zoea Baltag is supported by medical staff after receiving her second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in Bucharest, Romania, Sunday, March 28, 2021. A 104-year-old Romanian woman received her second vaccine dose against COVID-19, becoming the oldest person in Romania's capital Bucharest to be fully inoculated against the disease.

    Zoea Baltag is supported by medical staff after receiving her second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in Bucharest, Romania, Sunday, March 28, 2021. A 104-year-old Romanian woman received her second vaccine dose against COVID-19, becoming the oldest person in Romania's capital Bucharest to be fully inoculated against the disease. Associated Press

 
 
Updated 3/28/2021 12:13 PM

BUCHAREST -- A 104-year-old Romanian woman has received her second COVID-19 vaccination shot, becoming the oldest person in Romania's capital of Bucharest to be fully inoculated against the disease.

Accompanied by relatives who helped her into Bucharest's Children's Palace, Zoea Baltag, born in 1916, welcomed her second dose of the Pfizer vaccine on Sunday and declared it the only way to combat the pandemic.

 

'œA vaccine is the only way to get rid of this virus,' she said.

The pandemic had forced the centenarian - whose granddaughter is a doctor and convinced her to get vaccinated - to spend a year physically distancing from her close relatives,

'œI missed very much my great-grandson, I want to see him growing up. I've not been able to be with my grandchildren because I stayed isolated from them until now in order to not risk catching the virus. Everyone in the family is vaccinated now we can now spend the holidays together,' she said.

Baltag, who was born two years before the Spanish Flu pandemic, appeared sharp of mind and did not report any side effects after receiving her first Pfizer shot.

Asked if she would like to send a message to other Romanians, Baltag replied: 'œIt's time to get vaccinated, this is the only way.'

Local authorities presented her with a plaque to commemorate her vaccination.

Like many countries in Europe, Romania is now battling a third surge of the virus. On Sunday the country hit a record number of patients being treated in intensive care units.

Romania - a country of more than 19 million - has administered more than 2.8 million vaccine doses and seen 23,114 virus-related deaths.

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