NYPD officers deliver meals, help seniors get COVID vaccines

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- New York City's finest are going above and beyond the call of duty to deliver meals to seniors and help them get vaccinated.

When the police show up at your door, it doesn't look quite like COVID outreach.

"You're not in trouble, we just want to drop off some meals for you guys," officers said as they delivered meals to seniors.

The NYPD is partnering with Citymeals On Wheels, dedicating more than a dozen officers for a couple of hours every week, to help deliver food to folks who have trouble getting out of their apartments.

RELATED | Dr. Anthony Fauci to star in new children's book
EMBED More News Videos

The United States' top immunologist will soon be the focus of a children's book.

But that's not all they're doing. They're also helping seniors get their COVID vaccinations.

That includes people like Simmeon Rephun, who just hasn't been able to navigate the online system and doesn't have a millennial around to help.

"We're gonna bring the millennials to them and we are going to show them how to navigate through the site," NYPD officer Katz Daughtery said.

NYPD Det. Daniel Lanning made the appointment for Rephun, and an officer will pick him up on Thursday to get his one dose, Johnson & Johnson vaccine, and bring him home.

"When it's difficult to make an appointment -- or even get transportation to some of these sites, it's difficult -- to be able to provide that to them right at their doorstep, it's a win for everybody," Lanning said.

"Just seeing the smile on his face -- that's what he was waiting for, he just felt he had to wait for a long time to just get the vaccine, and we were able to help him get that," NYPD Det. Jonadel Dorrego said.

RELATED | NYPD officer hailed as hero after saving choking child
EMBED More News Videos

Candace McCowan has more on the officer's amazing rescue of the baby.

national geographic covid newsletter sign up


New York City COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker
New Jersey COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker
Find out if you are eligible and where you can go to get your vaccine

Do you have coronavirus symptoms?
Where to get tested in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut
WATCH: Eyewitness to a Pandemic
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on coronavirus

Submit a News Tip or Question
Copyright © 2021 WABC-TV. All Rights Reserved.