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NEW YORK – The NYC Health + Hospitals has partnered with the City University of New York (CUNY) to provide 984 nursing students to support the system’s COVID-19 vaccination operation. The students will be assigned to 11 hospitals and Gotham Health community-based clinics and supervised by CUNY faculty.
Their responsibilities will include clerical tasks, management of workflows, appointment logistics, vaccine administration, and monitoring required observation periods after patients receive their injection. They will be deployed across the system this week. Their time spent in vaccine clinics will contribute to nursing and health professions’ required clinical hours as part of their education. More students may be required as demand for vaccines increases in the coming weeks.
“NYC Health + Hospitals is eternally grateful for the support we’ve received from partners, like CUNY, through this pandemic that has sourced additional hands to help save lives,” said NYC Health + Hospitals Senior Vice President and System Chief Nurse Executive Natalia Cineas, DNP, RN, NEA-BC. “We are confident the support from these students will further facilitate swift and safe workflow as vaccine supply increases and eligibility expands.”
To support the vaccine operations within NYC Health + Hospitals, students are required to undergo competency checks and complete specific online training modules that include “COVID-19 Vaccine: Training for Pfizer & Moderna Vaccine Administration,” and “COVID-19 Vaccination Training for RNs & LPNs.” They will also be required to complete the system’s new employee orientation and review the general compliance/HIPAA regulations. The ability to utilize CUNY students in this capacity came after a State Department of Health Executive Order allowed students to help with operations.
“CUNY’s health professional students are proud to support our partner, NYC Health + Hospitals, on local vaccine administration to help stop the pandemic in New York City,” said CUNY University Dean for Health and Human Services, Patricia Simino Boyce, Ph.D., RN. “Our students – and our University – value the opportunity to serve at this important time.”
CUNY students are scheduled to stay on with the public health system to support vaccine operations through the spring 2021 academic semester. NYC Health + Hospitals said it is committed to helping vaccinate the most vulnerable New Yorkers against the Coronavirus. According to the State’s eligibility policy, the public health system is vaccinating New Yorkers over 65 years of age, essential workers, and people with certain comorbidities.