Sahiba Kaur, a volunteer for Andrew Yang's campaign, is explaining to people she's stopped on the street who are currently able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
“You are eligible to get the vaccine," Kaur said.
Kaur and other volunteers for Andrew Yang’s campaign have been on triple-duty.
They’re spreading information on how to get vaccinated, how to maneuver ranked-choice voting and why to back their candidate.
“Andrew Yang, he is a mayoral candidate for New York City," Kaur tells one man.
Kaur was one of six members of the so-called Yang Gang out recently in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, for his Get Out the Vax initiative.
She’s one of 3,500 volunteers for his mayoral campaign. Yang had 2,000 volunteers in New York City for his 2020 presidential bid.
“Everyone in New York City who would like to get vaccinated, should get vaccinated and it’s such a hard process to navigate," she said. "And Andrew Yang is trying to make it simple.”
Kaur travels from Nassau County to the city to stump for Yang.
Other volunteers out that night are just as committed.
One comes up from Philadelphia. Another campaigned in Iowa for Yang when he ran for president.
I asked Kaur if she believes it’s opportunistic or gimmicky of Yang to combine a public-health push with campaign promotion.
She said he deserves the credit.
“Andrew Yang is the only one in the field who is doing such a mass initiative to get everyone vaccinated in New York City," she said. "And this will also help his chances of getting elected.”
The Yang Gang has bonded over their months and years boosting him.
In a night that ended over empanadas, they talked about their next Get Out the Vax event and the petition signature drive to get Yang on the ballot — a task made far easier with more boots on the ground.