MSK Works Overtime to Get Our Patients Vaccinated

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Giving COVID-19 vaccines to MSK patients has been an urgent mission for the hospital this year. Knowing that patients are anxious about getting protected from the virus, which is especially devastating to people with cancer, the MSK COVID-19 Vaccine Care Team and countless other healthcare heroes at MSK have been working around the clock to deliver the lifesaving vaccines as quickly as possible to as many people as possible. It’s been a major challenge because supply is limited and MSK’s allotment is determined by New York State and New York City.

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“Vaccinating our patients, and getting the vaccine ourselves as healthcare workers, is one of the most important things we can do right now to help end this terrible pandemic,” says Chief Medical Epidemiologist Mini Kamboj, who leads the COVID-19 Vaccine Care Team along with Chief Pharmacy Officer Scott Freeswick.

“One down! One more to go!!!” wrote patient Ann Caruso on Instagram when she got her vaccine. “So happy to do my part and feel a little safer in this world.” •

Visit mskcc.org/covid19-vaccine for more information.

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