The sisters had plans to see Violet in Jamaica last March, but canceled their family trip because of the pandemic. Ordinarily Violet would live with Claudia for part of the year, but the sisters were fearful of exposing her to the virus, so she sheltered in place in Jamaica, away from close family and friends. The sisters haven’t seen their mother in more than a year.
One of the first things the three sisters did after getting their second dose was call Violet to share the happy news. The matriarch of the Scott family not only served as the inspiration for her daughters to become nurses, she was also the biggest cheerleader for the vaccine. “Once she heard that the vaccine was being released, she was so excited about that,” Althea says. “She was like, ‘Guys, please make sure you get it. Make sure you’re one of the first ones in line —and that’s what we’ve done.”
With the vaccines signaling a major step in protecting the sisters and helping control the pandemic, they finally felt ready to make plans to see their mother again — and get her vaccinated as well. “We said, ‘OK, Mom, we had our second shots. We’re planning on bringing you home,’ and she cried,” Althea says.
Because so many of their family members are front-line workers (Maxine’s daughter Richelle Powell is also a nurse at NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital; Althea’s son Nicholas, is a pediatric nurse), they know there’s still work to be done. But for the first time they are starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel.
“No doubt, I still intend to wear my mask and my eye shield, and I still intend to be careful,” Althea says. “But the vaccine gave me this feeling of hope. You can’t keep walking through the dark. You have to look for that light. And this is the light for us.”