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102-year-old Novi man, World War II veteran receives COVID-19 vaccine

First Brookdale Nursing home resident to receive vaccine

NOVI, Mich. – Nursing home patients across Michigan are receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. John Baker recently received his first dose, he is 102 years old.

“I’m only 102, you know. Just a young guy,” Baker said.

READ: Michigan COVID-19 vaccinations: How to find appointments, info on phases

Baker is the first resident at Brookdale Nursing home in Novi to receive the vaccine.

“I wanted to know if I had to spend some time to see what’s gonna happen. But I feel just fine,” Baker said.

This is the second pandemic Baker has experienced. The first was the flu pandemic of 1918.

“My dad was killed in a coal mine in Kentucky when I was 8 years old. Things have really been going for me since,” Baker said.

In the years following that hardship, Baker decided to enlist in the service.

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“I went into the service in 1940. Spent six years in World War II,” Baker said.

After serving in World War II, Baker went into the Navy for another 8 years until finally serving in the Coast Guard.

“I don’t feel it, you know. I really don’t feel it,” Baker said.

Baker would also like to thank all the staff at Brookdale Novi.

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