Lafayette father gets chance to administer both Covid-19 vaccine doses to daughter

Although living in this pandemic isn't ideal, it's bringing one IU Health nurse a unique experience. Justin Reagin got to administer his daughter's Covid-19 vaccines.

Posted: May 17, 2021 5:46 AM
Updated: May 17, 2021 10:22 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- Life is coming full circle for a family in Lafayette. A nurse at IU Health Arnett got to fully vaccinate his daughter this month.

The journey to this moment for IU Health Clinical Nurse Quality Coordinator, Justin Reagin actually starts back in 2008 when the recession hit, that's when he lost his job. But he took it as an opportunity to pursue a career in nursing.

His daughter, Mary Reagin got to watch as he went back to school to get his Bachelor's and Master's Degree. She is now heading into her senior year at Purdue University, and that's where Justin was able to administer his daughter's first vaccine.

He volunteered at the university's vaccination site, the France A. Córdova Recreational Sports Center, and encouraged her to schedule her appointment. 

Mary said her dad helped her overcome hesitation in getting the vaccine.

"I wasn't quite sure about it but truth be told my dad kept bugging me about it, I would be at work or studying and he would be texting me and he's like, 'hey I'm over at the Co-Rec right now if you come I can give you your shot,' and eventually I was like, okay," said Mary.

"My primary motivation here is I want my kiddo to be safe," said Justin. "I've been pushing very hard throughout all this to educate people and make them aware of the risks."

Mary said it's exciting seeing things come full circle for her family.

"I saw him go through all those things, was there at every graduation and now you know he's here helping all these people every day, it makes me really proud," said Mary.

"I was grateful to have the opportunity, I mean, I never anticipated something like this when I went back to school and my actions may directly impact her outcome here," said Justin.

Now that the vaccine age limit has lowered to 12 and older, Justin is hoping he can give his 15-year-old son his shots as well.

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