A very gratifying group activity

By Zoe Larson March 4, 2021
Sisters in their 80s and 90s Get COVID Vaccine Together

Before the pandemic began, five sisters from New Jersey saw each other regularly. Over the last year, the siblings, who are now in their 80s and 90s, have had to put their weekly gatherings on hold. But in March four of the sisters celebrated seeing each other in person again as they reunited at Inspira Medical Center Mullica Hill to get their COVID-19 vaccines together.

Edith Camp (96), Bernice Cecil (92), Nora McDonald (86), Rose Ramsey (84) arrived for their appointment, each wearing buttons with pictures of their two other sisters – Pauline Taylor, who wasn’t able to join them, and Doris Papiano, who passed away in 2011. It was a heartwarming moment for the tight knit siblings, known as the Langly sisters growing up, as they were all there in spirit for the big moment.

Bernice Cecil had the idea that she and her sisters go together to get their shots. While it took some work, Rose Ramsey’s daughter, Lori Goldsmid, was able to make arrangements for her mother and three aunts to get their vaccines together, reuniting them for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic.

It “was my aunt Bernice’s idea to have them together, you know, for a little bit of support for each other because it’s scary,” Goldsmid said to CNN.

Goldsmid told CNN that between them, her mother and aunts have more than 100 grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. “I think the hardest part for some of them was not seeing their grandchildren at the same time as not being able to see their sisters,” she said. “I think it’s heartbreaking at that age not to be able to see any of your family.

While the journey was tough, the sisters stuck together, and are now one step closer to seeing each other and their families again.