Elderly NYC couple pleads with Mayor de Blasio for COVID-19 shot
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In a heart-wrenching plea to Mayor Bill de Blasio Friday, an 89-year-old Manhattan woman said she and her husband are desperate to get the COVID-19 vaccine — and want to know when they finally can get the shot.
The near-nonagenarian, who called into WNYC’s “The Brian Lehrer Show” during the mayor’s weekly appearance, is currently not yet able to get the vaccine due to state restrictions.
“I’m 89. My husband is 90. We live on our own and we need to be vaccinated. I want to know how,” the woman, who identified herself as Anthea, said on the air. “I’ve tried to look on the web, but I’m legally blind, so it’s a bit difficult. I can only find appointments and things for health care workers.”
“I need a phone number or a website where I can really find out when we can be vaccinated as soon as possible,” the woman said.
When asked by host Brian Lehrer whether she is homebound or able to make her way to a city vaccination site, the woman responded, “We do both have the ability to get to — I’m legally blind but I can get around. My husband, he’s OK. He can get around too.”
De Blasio, who has been calling for the state and Gov. Andrew Cuomo to authorize local officials to begin vaccinating elderly New Yorkers, first responders and essential workers, told the woman that he was “moved” by her remarks.
“This is exactly the point,” Hizzoner said. “You’re 89-years-old, we need to protect you. We need to vaccinate you. You should have the right to get vaccinated. The state has to approve it.”
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