Hundreds of community residents in New York City received vaccines at the Northeastern Conference office in Queens, New York. For three consecutive days (April 21-23) the regional church headquarters hosted the New York City Department of Health and Hospitals in administering the Moderna vaccine to local residents seeking immunization against the COVID-19 virus.
Recipients require a second dose that will also be administered at the Conference office in the succeeding weeks. Before leaving the premises, each guest received a gift bag with sanitizer, five masks, a pen, and a pamphlet explaining the Adventist Community Service’s (ACS) mission.
The initiative was coordinated by Mario Augustave, Northeastern Conference ACS director, with the support of the conference administration. Several conference office workers, wearing their bright yellow ACS shirts, served as volunteers, guiding guests through the facilities for a seamless experience. New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer visited the premises and complimented the Northeastern Conference for its service to the local community.
New York City became an epicenter of COVID-19 from the onset of the pandemic. In the past year, more than 900,000 cases were diagnosed and 32,000 deaths were reported. “Our conference seeks to be an instrument of healing and restoration in our local community,” said Daniel Honoré, Northeastern Conference president. “We will use every tool at our disposal to be part of the solution.”
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the Northeastern Conference on multiple fronts. Nearly 100 members died during the pandemic, and approximately 20 employees, including the president and treasurer, survived contracting the virus. Most of the churches and schools continue to function virtually.
—President’s Office and Adventist Community Services staff, Northeastern Conference