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Thousands of essential workers at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, including our doctors, nurses, scientists, food service workers, cleaning staff, and other vital support employees have received the COVID-19 vaccine. Getting vaccinated is a critical step in ending the pandemic. We ask that you join us in being an advocate for COVID-19 vaccines in the Memphis community.

 
 
Dr. James R. Downing in a mask
 

An Open Letter from James R. Downing M.D., President and CEO of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

 
 

Our request is simple: Get vaccinated. In doing so, you protect yourself, your co-workers, your loved ones, and your community.

 
 
 
 
 

In their own words: Employees tell why they got the vaccine

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

We know the vaccine prevents COVID-19 infection

During the past months, St. Jude has created one of the safest harbors against COVID-19 in the nation. Protective measures have included a first-of-its-kind COVID-19 screening program for employees, patients, and families; reduced campus access; and heightened infection-control procedures. Once COVID-19 vaccines were authorized for use, we immediately began vaccinating eligible employees.

COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. From our own research here at St. Jude, we know that the COVID-19 vaccines work to prevent infection on our campus.

Now, everyone ages 12 and older is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. We encourage you to get vaccinated and be a champion for COVID-19 vaccines. The best vaccine to get is the one available to you the soonest. Visit vaccinefinder.org to schedule a vaccine in your community.

St. Jude is proud to be a part of the Memphis community. We look forward to being able to enjoy those things that we have missed over the last year – sporting events, live music, Memphis in May International Festival, St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend – and most importantly, being together with family and friends. So, please, get vaccinated and encourage others to do the same.

Vaccines bring us closer to doing what we love with those we love.

This information is provided by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Content was last reviewed May 2021. Vaccines Bring Us Closer is the theme for World Immunization Week 2021 supported by the World Health Organization and other partners. Learn more at www.worldimmunizationweek.org.