Vaccinating New Yorkers

Community Grants

  • We helped people in the

    hardest-hit neighborhoods

    to access the vaccine.

  • We provided


    in communities who were hesitant to get the vaccine.

  • We invested at the grassroots level to

    build trust

    in the messages communities receive.

  • We responded to a key need and

    provided transportation

    to vaccine sites.

Support from UJA enabled us to educate the Orthodox community about the vaccine in a culturally specific fashion and address concerns, especially for young women and women of childbearing age.

— Dr. Mimi (Miriam) Knoll, M.D.,
president, Jewish Orthodox Women’s Medical Association


And the needs continue...

Earlier in the pandemic over 40% of New Yorkers expressed hesitance to get the vaccine. To meet these and other access needs, we invested in 90 community-based organizations so people could get information from sources they trust – and make decisions that work best for them.

We continue to help grassroots nonprofits in some of the hardest-hit communities where there are still serious concerns about getting a shot. We’re helping to offer accurate vaccine information from trusted community members, translators to overcome language barriers, and hosting vaccine sites in local neighborhoods.

"With funding from UJA, we were able to provide more information to our community, which is mostly Black, Latinx, and Chinese, to improve their confidence in the vaccine as well as their accessibility to it."
— Thanh Bui, Managing Director of Youth and Community at Grand St. Settlement

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