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Cancer patients get COVID-19 vaccine through hospital partnership

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More than 150 local cancer patients have now received their COVID-19 vaccine thanks to a relationship between Tampa General Hospital and the Cancer Center of South Florida.We spoke with medical oncologist Dr. Abraham Schwarzberg, who is using his job and partnership with Tampa General Hospital to vaccinate his cancer patients in Palm Beach County. “The only real way to reduce their risk of a significant complication is to vaccinate them so if they can’t get it then they are at risk,” Dr. Schwarzberg said.Dr. Schwarzberg explained there are a number of patients who are eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine regardless of their age.“Patients who have leukemia, lymphoma, high doses of chemotherapy and their immune system is suppressed as well as other patients, they qualify if they are under 65,” Dr. Schwarzberg said.The CEO and president of Tampa General Hospital, John Couris, said although the vaccine may still be out of reach for some, officials across the state are working to distribute them as quickly as they can.“This kind of innovative partnerships like an example that we have with CCSF allows us to distribute this vaccine to the most vulnerable population,” Couris said. Dr. Schwarzberg said it has been a relief for his patients and they plan to continue to vaccinate more cancer patients as they get more doses.

More than 150 local cancer patients have now received their COVID-19 vaccine thanks to a relationship between Tampa General Hospital and the Cancer Center of South Florida.

We spoke with medical oncologist Dr. Abraham Schwarzberg, who is using his job and partnership with Tampa General Hospital to vaccinate his cancer patients in Palm Beach County.

“The only real way to reduce their risk of a significant complication is to vaccinate them so if they can’t get it then they are at risk,” Dr. Schwarzberg said.

Dr. Schwarzberg explained there are a number of patients who are eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine regardless of their age.

“Patients who have leukemia, lymphoma, high doses of chemotherapy and their immune system is suppressed as well as other patients, they qualify if they are under 65,” Dr. Schwarzberg said.

The CEO and president of Tampa General Hospital, John Couris, said although the vaccine may still be out of reach for some, officials across the state are working to distribute them as quickly as they can.

“This kind of innovative partnerships like an example that we have with CCSF allows us to distribute this vaccine to the most vulnerable population,” Couris said.

Dr. Schwarzberg said it has been a relief for his patients and they plan to continue to vaccinate more cancer patients as they get more doses.

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