Malteser International Americas and ArchCare, the Continuing Care Community of the Archdiocese of New York, partnered to distribute flu vaccinations to homeless New Yorkers at St. Francis Parish in Manhattan on Sunday, October 18th with the support of several volunteers from the Order of Malta American Association.
As the first collaboration between Malteser and ArchCare, these clinics will allow both organizations to serve New Yorkers especially at risk for influenza due to chronic health conditions, barriers to accessing care, malnutrition, and crowded living conditions.
“We work in 31 different countries, providing disaster response and public health aid to individuals around the globe – but this is a chance to serve the community in our own backyard,” said (Ravi Tripptrap, Executive Director).
“It is vitally important that we protect the vulnerable in our communities, and we’re committed to supporting any tactic that will help prevent infection from developing in New York City,” added Scott LaRue, KM, President and Chief Executive Officer of ArchCare.
A special thank you to members Marissa Blackett, DM, Ken Craig, KM, Scott LaRue, KM, and Dr. George Lombardi, KM, for their help in making this event possible. A second flu shot distribution is planned for Thursday, October 29th.