Getting a flu shot is more important than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic, as both the flu virus and the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 are expected to spread. The pandemic has also made the logistics of large-scale flu vaccination considerably more challenging. But these obstacles were no match for the dedication and collaboration of staff who led patient and employee flu clinics this fall — efforts that resulted in more than 18,000 flu vaccinations.

On the ambulatory side, a large multidisciplinary team — including staff in Ambulatory, Infection Control, Materials Management, Nursing, Partners eCare and Pharmacy — worked together to provide safe, efficient and convenient vaccination for more than 3,900 patients.

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“We would like to thank everyone involved in this effort to provide flu vaccination to our patients during a very difficult time. We are extremely proud of the outcomes we achieved,” said Pam Cormier, MSN, RN, AHN-BC, professional development manager in Primary Care, and Marie Morisset, senior consultant in Strategy Implementation, who co-led the ambulatory flu shot program.

From September through November, Occupational Health Services hosted its annual series of flu shot clinics for staff while continuing to support staff with COVID-related concerns and responding to the needs of the organization during this time. The team was backed by nearly 500 Peer-to-Peer vaccinators — nurses and other clinical staff able to administer flu shots.

“A huge thank you to our OHS staff and Peer-to-Peer vaccinators, who did a phenomenal job making this year’s flu shot campaign a success in the face of unprecedented challenges,” said Diane Griesbach, RN, ANP-BC, of Occupational Health Services. “Together, they vaccinated over 14,000 staff to keep our patients, colleagues and community safe.”

Here are a few additional highlights from this year’s flu shot programs: