In This Together

On the first day that the COVID-19 vaccine arrived across NewYork-Presbyterian’s campuses, staffers share their reasons for getting vaccinated.

After nine months of battling COVID-19 alongside fellow front-line workers at NewYork-Presbyterian, Fiorella Bellini almost couldn’t believe it when the vaccine arrived. “It was a little surreal,” says Bellini, an emergency department nurse at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center, who was among the first healthcare workers at the hospital who got the vaccination. “But I was so excited and really hopeful for what this means.”

These front-line heroes got the shot for their families, their communities, New York City, the country, and for a better future. “Today we see a future in which the end of this pandemic is near,” says Jeffrey Hammond, a patient care director at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center. “And we’re back to doing what we’ve always done – taking care of our patients, our employees, and just building this strong NYP community.”

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