Survivors are making more VCF claims than recovery workers for the first time

This year’s World Trade Center Victim Compensation Fund Report shows that for the first time, survivors of the attacks (which includes lower Manhattan residents, students, and workers) are making more claims than rescue and recovery workers, the Daily¬†Broadsheet reports.

It has long been assumed that survivors, residents, and Lower Manhattan workers and students were unaware that they were eligible for the VCF, but this year’s report shows that outreach to these groups has been at least partially successful.

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Little help for New York 9/11 survivors eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine

While the thousands of people with World Trade Center-related illnesses are more vulnerable to COVID-19 than the general population, the World Trade Center Health Program they rely on has no access to vaccines and no way to help people find one.

According to the WTC Health Program, 3,772 people on the registry have had COVID. It is unclear how they are tracking this number.

Scooty Nickerson of The City interviewed several people from the 9/11 community about COVID-19 risk.

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Fil-Am 6th-grader wins Andrew Stern 9/11 Memorial Essay Contest

Danielle Ramos, 12, has won first prize in the elementary-school category of this year’s Andrew Stern Memorial Essay Contest for her essay comparing the terrorist attacks of 9/11 to the crisis of COVID-19.

The contest is sponsored by the family of Andrew Stern, who was killed in the World Trade Center in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The family received more than 700 entries this year, reports

A full list of Andrew Stern Memorial Essay Contest winners can be found here.

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