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106-Year Old Holocaust Survivor from Queens gets Covid Vaccine thanks to Commonpoint Queens

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Commonpoint Queens – formerly known as the Samuel Field Y and Central Queens Y – continues its efforts to help older adults in the borough overcome challenges and limited resources to get their Covid-19 vaccine. Most recently, they helped Henry, a 106-year old Holocaust survivor who lives in Fresh Meadows by scheduling an appointment for him at Hillcrest High School this past Wednesday.

“Henry’s children live in California, so he called us as an isolated senior who was seeking socialization opportunities,” said Isaac Adlerstein, Director of Volunteer Services at Commonpoint Queens. “We were having a friendly conversation about him moving to Queens from Germany in 1935, which turned into us discussing the pandemic and I asked him if he needed help getting the vaccine.”

“If Commonpoint didn’t facilitate this opportunity for me I wouldn’t have been able to get vaccinated. They are a godsend,” said Henry.

“We have seniors who are waiting on the phone for an hour and getting disconnected, competing for limited slots amongst each other, and are struggling to navigate a complicated system,” said Danielle Hersch, Commonpoint Queens’ Chief Strategy Officer.

If you are an older adult or caregiver for an older adult and need help navigating the vaccine scheduling process you can visit www.commonpointqueens.org/vaccine or call 718-225-6750 extension 238.


More About Commonpoint Queens

Commonpoint Queens is a social services organization that meets the diverse and evolving needs in the borough of Queens —a place where people of all ages and backgrounds come together to find support, access opportunities, and build connections to the community throughout their lives. To learn more, go to www.commonpointqueens.org.