Seniors applaud VIP treatment while getting vaccinated at Interfaith Medical Center

More than a dozen seniors got VIP treatment Tuesday as they headed out to get the COVID-19 vaccine at the Interfaith Medical Center.

News 12 Staff

Jan 21, 2021, 1:40 PM

Updated 1,270 days ago

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More than a dozen seniors got VIP treatment Tuesday as they headed out to get the COVID-19 vaccine at the Interfaith Medical Center.
Mary Williams says she felt like a VIP Tuesday as she arrived in style to get vaccinated.
"Very happy, I feel like a VIP today," says Williams. "I'm not going to the inauguration, but I got VIP treatment."
The seniors got some much-needed help from members of the African American Clergy and Elected Officials Coalition.
"It's a blessing to have someone help you cause I'm 86 years young and it's a blessing," says Essie, who received her shot at the center.
Rev. Dr. Waterman, president of the AACEO, says members are there to help the seniors with anxiety, hold hands and comfort them.
NYPD Chief of Community Affairs Jeffrey Maddrey was also on site with NYPD officers to extend a helping hand.
"We're here to be a resource, help them get into the building and if they need help filling out the paperwork," says Maddrey.
Medical center officials say community collaboration is key especially since communities of color are dying at disproportionate rates. Officials say they want community leaders to get the message out that the vaccine is safe.


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