Vaccination clinic begins Tuesday at MD Anderson

Following receipt of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on Monday morning, MD Anderson’s Pharmacy, Infection Control, Employee Health and clinical and facilities experts re-reviewed protocols and procedures, and an initial vaccination clinic simulation was completed. Based on those successful efforts along with a manager briefing and employee town hall, positive feedback from managers about employee engagement and swift uptake of appointment scheduling for Wednesday, MD Anderson’s leaders decided to begin vaccination clinics on Tuesday. Over the next 48 hours, more than 600 frontline health care workers at MD Anderson will receive the COVID-19 vaccination.

Infection control and infectious disease expert, Dr. Roy Chemaly, was the first employee to be vaccinated for COVID-19 in Tuesday’s clinic. “I strongly believe in the science that has gotten us to the point of having this vaccine, and I am proud to be one of the first vaccinated. Even with the vaccine, we can’t let our guard down with masking, handwashing and social distancing.”

Patricia Galvin, ICU clinical nurse, was one of the first employees through the vaccination clinic. “Today is a great day,” said Galvin. “After some of the most challenging months of my nursing career, I am grateful to receive this vaccine and that we can finally see a light at the end of the tunnel.”

Dr. Rodrigo Mejia, professor of Pediatrics and intensive care specialist, also received the COVID-19 vaccination on Tuesday. “I was proud to have the privilege to be vaccinated, and to do my part to protect my patients, my loved ones and myself. Everyone needs to be informed and to make the best decision for themselves, but this truly is an important moment for the health and well-being of our community, especially for those who have been disproportionately affected.”