6:00pm EST, February 02, 2021 By Staff Report

WASHINGTON, D.C. | U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik is helping to lead a push for updated Center for Disease Control and Prevention guidance to ensure cancer patients have priority access to COVID-19 vaccines.

On Feb. 2, Stefanik sent a letter, co-signed by U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, to the Biden Administration asking for the revised guidelines for cancer patients across the nation and North Country.

“I was deeply disheartened to learn that some of my constituents in the North Country, who are cancer patients or have a history of cancer, were left out of the initial distribution tiers for the COVID-19 vaccine,” Stefanik said.

“Doctors, scientists, and patient advocates have stated that individuals with an increased risk for severe COVID-19 associated illness, like cancer, must receive priority access. I am calling on the Biden Administration to immediately update the guidance surrounding high-risk populations, so the most vulnerable among us can undoubtedly receive the vaccine as soon as possible.”

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