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AdventHealth Asks the State for More Vaccines for Extremely Vulnerable Patients, Plans on Vaccinating Cancer Patients Next

Photo: Angiola Harry
Photo: Angiola Harry

AdventHealth has asked the State of Florida for more vaccines for some 35 to 40,000 extremely vulnerable patients. 

Chief Medical Officer of Acute Care Services Neil Finkler says once the hospital receives the doses, the next group that will get shots are cancer patients in active treatment. 

Finkler says these patients and their families will receive an email to register for the shots on a first-come first-served basis. 

“We are actually reaching out to our physicians out in the community through the end of this week to also notify them that if they have patients that they believe to be exceedingly vulnerable to please let us know, and please provide us with emails so that we can make sure that they're included in that email invite as well.”

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Finkler says the hospital system vaccinated some 500 patients on Tuesday most of whom had received transplants. 

He says if the Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca vaccines are approved, this will only increase supply to meet the demand in high-risk patients. 

“These would include things like people with lung disease, COPD, those that may have cystic fibrosis, people with sickle cell disease. There's certain movement disorders multiple sclerosis for example that may benefit from this as well because of the therapy that they’re on.”

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The hospital system has vaccinated more than 37,000 people.

Danielle Prieur is a general assignment reporter and fill-in host at WMFE.
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