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On Monday, August 23 from 12pm – 1pm ET, the White House is hosting a virtual conversation, Health Systems, Providers, and the COVID-19 Vaccinations Effort. All health care providers are encouraged to attend to learn more about the significant progress in activating health care professionals in the vaccination effort.
During the event, attendees will hear from health system leaders and providers about best practices they are implementing to increase vaccine confidence and uptake. Efforts include offering vaccinations at Emergency Departments, upon discharge from hospitals, and at all primary care offices in a health system; partnering with community and faith-based organizations to host pop-up clinics and educate communities about the vaccine; and proactively reaching out to unvaccinated patients about getting vaccinated. Event participants will also hear how these efforts are aiming to increase equitable access to vaccines. A recording will be made available after the event.
COVID-19 Vaccines and Patients with Cancer
As of August 2021, there are three COVID-19 vaccines authorized and recommended in the United States: the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccines. These vaccines are described on the US CDC’s vaccine page. At this time, patients with cancer, survivors of cancer, and those in active cancer treatment may be offered vaccination against COVID-19 as long as components of that vaccine are not contraindicated.
Recently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) amended the emergency use authorizations for the Moderna and the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccines to allow third doses for certain immunocompromised people, which may include some patients with cancer.
In July 2021, ASCO joined with more than 50 health care professional societies and organizations that represent millions of workers throughout health and long-term care in calling for all health care employers to require their employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.