An Important Update for Our MSK Community on the COVID-19 Vaccines

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Physician-in-Chief and Chief Medical Officer Lisa DeAngelis

Physician-in-Chief and Chief Medical Officer Lisa DeAngelis

Dear Members of the MSK Community, 

As of January 22, 2021, MSK is now offering COVID-19 vaccine to patients age 65 and over who live in New York State and are in active treatment with MSK on or after January 1, 2019. Supply is limited. Please do not call your doctor about getting vaccinated. We will contact you directly.

Here are our next steps:

  • Vaccine Scheduling: We will contact eligible patients via MyMSK, our patient portal, to see if they want to get the vaccine at MSK. We will follow up later to schedule an appointment. After the appointment is scheduled, patients will need to complete the New York State COVID-19 Vaccine Form. Once the form is completed patients will receive an email confirmation. We will ask patients to display that confirmation at the vaccination appointment.
  • Important: Register Now for MyMSK: If you have not already signed up, please register now for MyMSK, our patient portal. Patients without a MyMSK account can visit my.mskcc.org, call 646-227-2593, or call their doctor’s office for an enrollment ID. Here is a video with instructions on how to enroll.
  • Your vaccination appointment is for you to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The specialized team of care providers in our vaccination clinic will not be able to talk with you about your cancer care. If you have any questions about your cancer care, please contact your primary MSK care team.

Remember, our supply of vaccine is currently limited. It may take some time before eligible patients can be vaccinated. During this process, federal and state guidelines are being updated frequently to expand the groups who are eligible for vaccine, so it is important to check relevant state websites and mskcc.org regularly.

For more information about the COVID-19 vaccines and how we know they are highly effective and safe, please visit the following resource on our website: 

mskcc.org/covid19-vaccine

At MSK, we are committed to delivering the very best cancer care for our patients and to advancing innovative cancer research and education. We remain optimistic in our fight against COVID-19 and are pleased that soon more people will be able to receive these safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines.

Thank you for your continued trust in us.

Lisa DeAngelis, MD
Physician-in-Chief and Chief Medical Officer


January 22, 2021


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