January 20, 2021

Health & Good Living

NYC Health + Hospitals today administered the first COVID-19 vaccines in its health system. Veronica Delgado, Emergency Department (ED) Lead Physician Assistant, and William Kelly, a Service Aide in the Environmental Services Department both at NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst, were among the first hospital workers as part of the City’s public health system to receive the vaccine that’s been authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Following appropriate guidance, NYC Health + Hospitals will begin to offer the COVID-19 vaccine to frontline health care workers in each of its 11 hospitals assigned to the Emergency Departments or Intensive Care United (ICUs) who are over the age of 60 and therefore at the highest risk for exposure to the virus. The public health system will expand vaccination to other employees and eventually patients in the next week and months to come.

The names of Dr. Albert Bourla, Dr. George Yancopoulos and Dr. Menelas Pangalos, all pioneers in the desperate campaign against the coronavirus in 2020, will go down in history for their work, carried out in the face of almost unimaginable pressure while the world sustained enormous economic and social damage.