Nurse of Guyanese Parentage Gives VP-Elect Harris COVID-19 Vaccine

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Nurse Patricia Cummings

Guyanese born nurse, administered the first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to US VP-Elect Kamila Harris.

  • Nurse Cummings has lived in the United States for the past 20 years
  • A nurse for the last 15 years
  • Has worked at UMC for two years
  • Was educated at Medgar Evers College
  • Is pursuing her MSN at Walden
  • Previously worked at SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn, NY. 

She was chosen for very obvious reasons – the greatest being that she is a brave health care warrior who is one of thousands dedicated to their profession. It is excellent that this vaccination was given in a hospital in a predominantly Black community. This is a great representation of Caribbean people working in hospitals and saving lives.

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris gets COVID-19 vaccine

“It’s literally about saving lives,” Harris, who will need a second dose in 28 days, told reporters. “I trust the scientists, and it is the scientists that created and approved this vaccine. So I urge everyone, when it is your turn, get vaccinated. It’s is about saving your life, the life of your family members and the life of your community.”

News Source Guyana Interviewed Nurse Cummings

Nurse Cummings has lived in the United States for the past 20 years and has been a nurse for the last 15 years. She has worked at UMC for two years. She was educated at Medgar Evers College, is pursuing her MSN at Walden, and previously worked at SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn, NY. 

Cummings has been administering the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to hospital leadership and staff since the hospital received its doses this month.

Back in March of this year, frontline workers at United Medical Centre received food donations from restaurants in the area.

In an interview with local TV Station WUSA9 Cummings said “The best things to do in this time is to stay abreast with what’s going on with CDC and DC Health, and staying informed takes away the doubt and helps us do the job that we signed up to do.” UMC is the only hospital East of the River. 

We went on further to state “It helps to know that we have support from the very same people and community that we are caring for…it kind of gives a feeling of family knowing that we are in this together, so it keeps us going keeps us motivated.”

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