Indianapolis couple married 67 years receives COVID vaccine after diagnosis forced them to spend time apart


INDIANAPOLIS – Seniors across the state are some of the first people receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

Don and Joyce Hoffman are now among the group of Hoosiers who have been vaccinated. Governor Eric Holcomb mentioned the couple in his weekly press conference this week.

The Hoffman’s have been married for 67 years.

“I saw him in the cafeteria, and I thought I think he’d be fun to know sometime and here I got married,” said Joyce Hoffman, who receive his COVID vaccine.  

Don and Joyce Hoffman are now in their 90’s. The longest the two have been away from each other was last summer when Joyce had COVID.

“Oh, it was a long time. I thought we would never get together. It was forever I thought. Oh my goodness it was terrible,” said Don.

Despite all of Don’s desperate tries, the couple had to spend five weeks apart.

“In fact, I wanted to go upstairs. I said, ‘Let me get the virus too, and then I can be up there with her.’ They didn’t like that idea. They said, ‘You can’t do that,’” recalled Don.

Waiting was the only option for the Hoffmans, and the wait was worth it.

“I missed her hugs and kisses. I didn’t get any hugs and kisses while you were gone. And then when I turned around, she was right there standing behind me,” said Don.

After being reunited, the Hoffmans had to wait again, this time for a vaccine.

This past Friday, Don and Joyce were two of the nearly 200 residents and staff at Hooverwood Living Facility in Indianapolis to get their first dose of the Moderna vaccine.

“The shot was nothing. I can’t believe it yet. I still can’t believe it. I said, ‘Are they going to give me a shot?’ They said, ‘You already had it (laughs). It was so painless — didn’t hurt at all,” said Don.

This husband and wife are remaining hopeful that this is the start of life getting back to normal, but until then, they have each other.

The Hoffman’s are scheduled to get their second vaccine on February 5.

They’ll celebrate their 68th wedding anniversary on July 13.

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