NYC to Focus on Vaccinating Holocaust Survivors

NEW YORK -
Giant photographic portraits of Holocaust survivors displayed on a fence bordering United Nations headquarters, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Mayor Bill de Blasio met with Jewish community leaders and rabbis on Tuesday night to discuss how best to reach the community to encourage and aid people in getting vaccines.

It was a “very moving discussion,” de Blasio said.

The mayor said that the city will be partnering with Jewish organizations to vaccinate the vulnerable, especially Holocaust survivors.

He spoke of when meeting with survivors, how moved he was “by their spirit, by the way they kept moving forward despite everything, despite everything they experienced.” and the power of their faith.

“We gotta to be there for these people,” de Blasio said. “We’re going to initiate an effort right away to make sure Holocaust survivors are vaccinated.”

The city and community leaders are gathering “organizations in all five boroughs so we can have a special effort to reach these New Yorkers who have been through so much but still, by their very perseverance, give us so much hope,” de Blasio said at his press conference on Wednesday. He specifically thanked Rabbi Michael Miller and the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York City.

He also the next two mass vaccination sites will be in Brooklyn and Staten Island, and that the city and state will work together to make Barclays Center a mass vaccination site.

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