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He’s 95. He lived through polio and WWII. ‘I’m still alive and breathing because I got my shots.’

Ninety-five-year-old Hugh McMillan doesn’t want to hear why you haven’t been vaccinated for COVID-19. The World War II and Central Intelligence Agency veteran says now is no time for excuses.

“Stay alive and keep your kids alive and keep your neighbors alive,” the longtime Key Peninsula resident said. “Get the shot.” 

Just more than 50% of Pierce County residents are fully vaccinated, with more than 57% having received at least one dose. Though the county is on track to reach 1 million doses soon, hundreds of thousands of Pierce County residents remain vulnerable. 

McMillan says reluctance for vaccine is “puzzling.” The misinformation surrounding vaccine irks him most.

“The evidence is there,” McMillan said. “But I keep hearing people come up with these cockamamie stories that the shot will make you sterile. Or the shot will put a chip in your body. That’s all horse pucky.”