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Spring 2021

Vaccine clinic for NIH staff hosted in Clinical Center B1 cafeteria

Almost 32,000 staff vaccinated as of June

COVID-19 vaccine administered to NIH staff
Cmdr. Ich Ho Kim vaccinates staff member Monroe Thompson.

From December to June, the B-1 Cafeteria looked nothing like a cafeteria - it was transformed into the NIH COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic.

The Office of Research Services along with the Clinical Center, managed the clinic, following the vaccination plan for NIH staff (NIH only). It was open six days a week, supported by a team of volunteers from NIH's Institutes and Centers, along with Commissioned Corps Officers of the U.S. Public Health Service.

Capt. Derek Newcomer, the Officer-in-Charge of the mission, coordinated the NIH effort reporting "Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have been administered to the NIH community." NIH lists the total number of immunized staff as 31,500 (as of June 4, 2021). This number may not capture staff who were vaccinated outside of NIH and did not report to Occupational Medical Service (OMS).

All NIH staff have been contacted to schedule a vaccination appointment. Outreach included details on safety information about the vaccines, contact information for questions and a link to schedule appointments.

Staff who received a vaccine in their local community were asked to notify OMS via webform so doses can be freed up for other staff.

The vaccination efforts shifted from the dedicated space in the B1 cafeteria on May 31, with vaccinations moving to the OMS offices on the sixth floor of the hospital.

- Debbie Accame

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