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PHOTOS: Manhattan Seniors Get Their Shot at Hope as COVID-19 Vaccinations Hit Home

Maritza Cadrera helps comfort her 93-year-old mother, Antonia Villanueva, while the Wien House resident receives her second coronavirus vaccine, March 3, 2021.
Maritza Cadrera holds her 93-year-old mother, Antonia Villanueva, while the Wien House resident receives her second coronavirus vaccine, March 3, 2021.
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Maritza Cadrera put her hand on the shoulder of her 93-year-old mother, Antonia Villanueva, to comfort the resident of Wien House in Inwood while she received her second dose of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine on Wednesday.

“It brings us closer to normalcy,” Cadrera told THE CITY after Villanueva was vaccinated inside one of the Nagle Avenue building’s community rooms. “It’s a great feeling. She’s been very sick the past year.”

After a slow start, leaders at the nonprofit worked to sign up hesitant residents for the shots. More than 80% of residents in the housing for low-income seniors and people with disabilities are now vaccinated.

We captured some images showing the efforts of health care workers and staff — and the human bonds forged helping some of the city’s most vulnerable residents during a tough time:

Holocaust survivor Klara Budnyatsky receives her second coronavirus vaccine at her Wien House residency in upper Manhattan, March 3, 2021. Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY

A health aid and pharmacist held 92-year-old Holocaust survivor Klara Budnyatsky as she received her vaccine at her Wien House apartment.


Pharmacy Manager Antoinette Okine prepares to administer coronavirus vaccines to seniors at the Wien House in Upper Manhattan, March 3, 2021. Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY

Pharmacy manager Antoinette Okine prepared to administer the vaccines. The Walgreens employee was one of many health care workers helping under a program run by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.


Wien House resident Bienvenido Vargas, who suffers from dementia, holds onto his wife, Belgica, after the couple received their second coronavirus vaccine, March 3, 2021. Ben Factenberg/THE CITY

Resident Bienvenido Vargas, who suffers from dementia, held onto his wife, Belgica, after the couple received their second shots.


Wien House employee Francisco Concepcion takes another worker’s temperature before he receives his second coronavirus vaccine, March 3, 2021. Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY

Wien House employee Francisco Concepcion took a colleague’s temperature before he received his second dose.


Wien House resident Antonio Rosario waits to get his second coronavirus vaccine inside the upper Manhattan senior residence, March 3, 2021. Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY

Resident Antonio Rosario waits to get his second shot.


Wien House residents and workers received their second dose of the Pfizer vaccine, March 3, 2021. Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY

The shot went into muscle in people’s upper arm.


A Wien House resident waits for 15 minutes after getting her second coronavirus vaccine, March 3, 2021. Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY

A Wien House resident waits for 15 minutes after getting her second coronavirus vaccine, just to make sure there are no side effects.

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