Doctor Gives Vaccinated Grandmother a Hug Prescription

NEW YORK -
A grandfather meets his grandson at his home in Ramat Gan. (Chen Leopold/Flash90)

As soon as Evelyn Shaw received her second coronavirus vaccine, she knew what she would be do: hug her beloved granddaughter, who she had been socially distanced from for over a year throughout the pandemic.

Her doctor agreed that hugs are good for health, and wrote her a prescription: “You are allowed to hug your granddaughter.”

In an emotional video posted to social media by Evelyn’s daughter Jessica, Evelyn hugged her granddaughter and cried from happiness.

Eveyln Shaw’s other daughter, Dr. Laura Frank, commented on the viral video to praise the doctor’s thoughtfulness, adding “Our mom’s doctor (also mine and my daughter’s doctor) knows that our mom is very nervous to return to the world. She figured out how to ease her path. Medical care from the heart.”

Recent CDC guidelines ruled that it was safe for vaccinated people to spend time indoors without masks with other vaccinated people or people who were not yet vaccinated but were coronavirus free and low risk, clearing the way for elderly grandparents to visit their grandchildren after a long and lonely year without each other.

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