Maimonides Medical Center Returns for Second Dose

Earlier this month, some 1,000 Spring Creek Towers (SCT) residents received their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine at a pop-up vaccination site staffed by Maimonides Medical Center at the lower level of the Brooklyn Sports Club (BSC).

The aura of anticipation and nervousness was palpable during the first weekend of the pop-up vaccine site, but attendees seemed to be more at ease when they walked into the lower level of the BSC eager to receive their second and final inoculation.

New York State Senator, Roxanne Persaud joined community members for her first dose during the weekend of March 7th, and was relieved to finally receive her second dose on March 27th.

“Today I am taking the shot with a heavy heart because my cousin just passed away a few days ago from COVID-19. I want everybody to see that I took this with her in mind,” Persaud said sadly.

Persaud is determined to serve as an example for the community and hopes that others will get their vaccinations. “I believe in the vaccine and taking the vaccine is a matter of life and death. I choose life,” said Persaud. “If you want to get back to some sense of normalcy, this is the way to do it.”

Livija Jakobson said that throughout the pandemic she has kept to herself, only leaving her apartment in SCT to shop for food or visit the local pharmacy. The senior shared that she learned about the pop-up from a letter sent by management. She was relieved to discover that the site was located within walking distance.

“I will feel a little bit safer,” Jakobson said, as she prepared for her second dose of Pfizer. “Now I’m going to be able to be around people and feel safer. Also, I’m going to visit my grandchildren!”

It has been several months since Jakobson has seen her grandchildren, and with her second dose she can visit her family without fear. Jakobson was eligible for several months to receive the vaccine; however, she was unable to schedule an appointment that was close to her apartment.

Rebecca Owens and her daughter also received their letter from management notifying them about the pop-up vaccine site at the BSC.

“I wanted to go get mine,” said Owens. Upon receiving her shot, she was all smiles (behind her mask) and says she feels great.  She also hopes to be able to spend more time with her grandchildren after being fully inoculated, and the ability to enjoy springtime outdoors without having to be in constant fear of contracting COVID-19.

The pop-up vaccination site was a part of the New York State Vaccine Equity Task Force initiative, where 12 community-based sites were placed throughout New York State during March. This initiative was developed as a part of ensuring the most vulnerable and underserved communities are not left behind in the fight against COVID-19.

For those who have been vaccinated, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that it is important to still maintain health protocols. According to the New York City Health Department’s website, “Vaccines are an important tool in preventing COVID-19. Even after you are vaccinated, you will still need to practice these important COVID-19 prevention steps: stay home if sick, wash your hands, wear a face covering and keep physical distance from others.”

Additionally, if you have not received your vaccination you can visit 1310 Pennsylvania Avenue for Spring Creek Towers’ permanent vaccine site or call 718-240-4646 to make an appointment or learn more about the Pfizer vaccine.

Photos by Amanda Moses