This isn’t Mary Dentler’s first pandemic.

She survived the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic and lived to tell the tale, according to, and now she is among those getting their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Thankfully, as she is just one week shy of her 108th birthday, the newspaper stated.

Mary lives at Windham Terrace, an assisted living facility in southeast New Hampshire, wasn't scared to get the vaccine, WMUR stated.

According to the New Hampshire vaccine rollout plan, high-risk health care workers, long-term care residents (like Mary), and first responders are first in the line to receive the vaccine.

Next in line according to the news outlet will be those over 75 and medically vulnerable individuals.

It is hoped that Phase 1B will begin its roll out between January and March.  Hopefully sooner rather than later.

Windham Terrace’s Executive Director Lynda Brislin tells “It has been a long road. Thankfully, today is the beginning of a new chapter down a brighter road.”

Denlter was just a little girl during the last pandemic.  To survive two pandemics and make it to 107, nearly 108 must make her from tough stock!

I wish I knew her secret to a long and happy life.  I am glad she was in the first group to get the COVID-19 vaccine Sunday.  This is just the first step in our journey back to some sense of normality.

I am looking forward to going out to eat, attending concerts, and traveling again.

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