(Meredith) – A young girl in rural Kentucky had only one gift in mind for her 12th birthday – a COVID-19 vaccine.

For the last year and a half, Lucy Roy felt like her world has stopped. She started 6th grade at McKell Middle School in Greenup County – virtually – and time with her friends was practically nonexistent.

“I was like, oh my god, I’m starting middle school, and then it was COVID, and I didn’t even have a normal year,” Lucy told WSAZ.

But when Lucy learned the COVID-19 vaccine was available for children ages 12 and up, she anxiously awaited her 12th birthday on Aug. 31 to get the vaccine.

“Can I get my vaccine on my birthday… like the day of my birthday?” Lucy recalls asking her mom. “And she was like, ‘Yeah, if you want to.’”

So, on Aug. 31, Lucy got her first Pfizer shot. Her second shot will be later in September.

One thing Lucy is looking forward to most – hugging her grandparents. She said throughout the pandemic, in order to see her grandparents, they would sit on their front porch while Lucy would sit in the grass of their front yard at a safe distance.

“I can go see my grandparents,” Lucy told WSAZ. “I can go see my whole family without being worried that I’m not protecting them and myself.”

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