Roswell Park’s Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Third Doses of the Vaccine Now Recommended for Immunocompromised Cancer Patients

Roswell Park stands ready to administer third-dose vaccines to our patients. We will be able to provide vaccines to our patients who prefer to be vaccinated at Roswell Park during their clinic visits. We will initially focus on vaccinating our patients with cancers of the blood or who have received a transplant or cellular therapy, and will inform you of any updates to vaccination opportunities at Roswell Park. For patients who receive platelet transfusions at Roswell Park, we recommend that you receive your vaccination at Roswell Park after your platelet transfusion to lower the risk of bleeding from the injection.

The most important thing is that you get fully vaccinated and protected from COVID-19 — do not wait for an appointment at Roswell Park if you have an earlier opportunity to get the vaccine.

Visit our vaccine page for more information and guidelines to those requiring a third dose.

For the safety of our staff, patients and visitors, we continue to require that everyone mask up at Roswell Park.

Roswell Park is working proactively to protect the health and safety of everyone at Roswell Park — patients, visitors, employees, volunteers, students and contractors. We are working closely with the CDC, the Erie County Department of Health and the New York State Department of Health to adapt as the situation evolves with best practices for infection control and guidance from public health officials.

Roswell Park is not testing the public for COVID-19. If you are a patient of Roswell Park, your medical team could order you to be tested, but the public cannot walk into Roswell Park for testing. We are proactively testing all of our patients prior to any surgery, hospital admission and many procedures as a safeguard against serious complications that could occur if an infection is present.

Here’s what you need to know about the steps we have taken to keep Roswell Park a safe place to receive or continue your cancer care.

  • We have taken strict measures to reduce the risk of COVID-19 in our hospital and patient areas. These measures include:
    • Offering virtual visits when possible to further reduce the number of people in the Center.
    • A single entrance for patients and visitors.
    • A revised visitor policy
    • Health screening for all people who come into the hospital, every day, including patients, visitors, staff and vendors.
    • Installation of hands-free door openers in most areas.

Remember that Roswell Park is a dedicated, free-standing cancer hospital. We treat cancer patients only and do not have an emergency room where patients with flu-like symptoms might seek treatment.

  • If your Roswell Park team thinks that your appointment, procedure or surgery can or should be rescheduled, they will contact you directly. However, right now we are rescheduling only non-urgent or routine appointments that can be postponed safely in the opinion of your treating physician.        
  • Some patients may have the option of virtual visits — if you have an upcoming appointment that your care team feels should be offered as a virtual visit, they will be contacting you directly. To take advantage of seeing your doctor in a virtual visit, we will need your email address. If you are already registered on MyRoswell – Roswell Park’s patient portal, we will use the same email you used to register; you can always change your email by visiting MyRoswell and changing it in your account. If you prefer not to register at this time, your care team will still need your email when scheduling your virtual visit.
  • Missing certain appointments can impact the effectiveness of your treatment. For example, studies show that when cancer patients miss radiation treatments, they face an increased risk that their cancer will return, even if they go on to finish the full course of treatments.

Many aspects of our normal lives have been put on hold for the time being, but your Roswell Park team is still here to ensure that you can continue to receive the very best cancer care.

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