Advertisement

'We knew this day would come': Families share what it's like to reunite thanks to COVID-19 vaccine

It was nearly a year to the day the last time these families saw one another safely. Here, they share what the first moments of being together again felt like.

Advertisement

It was nearly a year to the day the last time these families saw one another safely. Here, they share what the first moments of being together again felt like.

Advertisement

One of the last times Paul Klein and Fred Emigh saw Fred's mother, Mary, was at her 100th birthday party. They reunited recently, after her 101st birthday party, and captured the emotional moment on video.

For Barbara and Jim Ortman, they were thrilled to be able to see their granddaughters for the first time in a year. Their daughter, Crystal Masley, is a family physician and knew how important mitigating COVID-19 risks for her parents was. So they made the difficult decision to stop in-person visits.

Now, real-life reunions are possible, thanks to the COVID-19 vaccination and new CDC and local guidelines.

Watch more on their stories above.


We are living in unprecedented times with COVID-19 spreading across the nation and world, and the stories about how people are coping, battling, and persevering through the pandemic have become more important than ever.

In each episode, “Field Notes” brings you a handful of stories about how coronavirus has impacted real people across the United States, and you can hear more about what it’s like to cover the pandemic from the local news teams that are committed to keeping you informed, no matter what.