By Marti Henson, Pharmacist, Hot Springs, Ark.
My eyes weren’t fully open to the significance of some of my job responsibilities until I met Mr. Pitts.
“We’re experiencing history in the making. These are unprecedented times. This year is one for the books.” These are all things we’ve heard, but they officially sunk in while I gave him his first COVID vaccine.
My name is Marti, and I’m a pharmacist in Hot Springs, Arkansas. I’ve served the community here for nearly 30 years and five of those years have been with Sam’s Club. I love seeing my patients each week and now that we’re administering the vaccine, I get to meet new friendly faces, smiling behind their masks of course. You can definitely tell a smile through their eyes.
I met Mr. Pitts after his daughter signed him and his wife up for the vaccine online and brought them both into the club. And let me tell you, not only did he come in with a smile, but learning his story put a smile bigger than the state of Arkansas on my face.
I love to chat with our patients and make sure they are comfortable and feel welcome. After all, for many people, we are the face they will remember, because as Mr. Pitts put it, we’re making history together.
So as we began to talk he started telling me about being in the Army. He had been in France and was one of the first recipients of the influenza vaccine during World War II in France.