Nurse advises patience, perseverance while waiting for COVID vaccine

Benita Zahn
Created: January 19, 2021 06:33 PM

One of the issues with the COVID-19 rollout is getting enough people to administer it.

Albany Med is the vaccination hub for the Capital Region. It initially put out an ask for 800 volunteers to do vaccinations.

Among those who joined the ranks was a clinical research nurse who had taken a break from her day job because her kids were doing distance learning.

Donna Spitz Tan has been administering COVID-19 vaccinations at the Saratoga County Department of Health for the past two weeks. She says those getting the shots are so thankful.

While she understands the frustration many experience trying to book their vaccination appointment, she says that anger dissipates when they walk through the door.   

However, she thinks if the folks in charge of vaccine distribution change the dialogue, some of that frustration could be eased.

Spitz Tan says vaccination sites don't know from day to day how much vaccine they'll be getting, but so far she hasn't had to send anyone away without getting the shot.

As for the system right now, she advises patience, perseverance and enlisting an advocate, someone to help you navigate the system to book your appointment.

Hear about the powerful words a 95-year-old man said to her right after receiving the vaccine by watching the video of Benita Zahn's story. 


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