Orthodox college students joined together through the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus (OU-JLIC) program to help almost 230 New Yorkers get vaccinated.
The group of volunteers, based in downtown Manhattan, recognized the difficulty many senior citizens were experiencing in scheduling their vaccinations online. Additionally, while they may be eligible to receive the vaccine, many were not receiving it due to limitations in the dosages available to the public.
The OU-JLIC reached out to local synagogues and community centers asking them to spread the word that whoever is in need of guidance or help should contact the volunteers.
Jeff Vogel, a 67-year-old teacher, is one such example of someone who was eligible to receive the vaccine, yet failed to do so because he couldn't find an appointment. The volunteers managed to get Vogel both the first and second doses.
“I was so appreciative that Rabbi Wolfson and his team of students and alumni were able to get me an appointment so quickly,” he said. “It is an incredible project, and their impact is enormous. They helped me navigate the system.”