Hailey Koop, a nursing project manager, was standing outside the vaccine clinic at NewYork-Presbyterian Allen Hospital when she saw two healthcare workers turn around and hold hands as they prepared to get their COVID-19 vaccinations.
“I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, I need to take a picture of this,’” says Koop, who arrived at work that day at 5:30 a.m. to help with the vaccine distribution. “I whipped out my phone, ran in, and snapped it. It was a moving moment.”
The two NewYork-Presbyterian Allen Hospital staffers pictured, Andria Coopersmith, an emergency medicine physician assistant, and Dr. Emmagene Worley, an emergency medicine physician, were among the first NewYork-Presbyterian employees to receive the vaccine on December 15. “The second I saw them holding hands I thought, ‘I’m going to get a picture, but I bet they’ll drop their hands,’” she says. “But they held hands for a really long time, which was even sweeter.”