The COVID-19 Vaccine for Patients with CLL and Other Cancers

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The speaker will discuss considerations around the COVID-19 vaccines and interpret the respective NCCN guidance for patients with CLL and other cancers.


  • Steven Pergam, MD, MPH, Director Infection Prevention, Seattle Cancer Alliance; Associate Professor, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center; Associate Professor, University of Washington 


  • Alison Mayer Sachs, MSW, LSW, OSW-C, FAOSW, Director, Community Outreach & Cancer Support Services, Eisenhower Lucy Curci Cancer Center, Eisenhower Medical Center

This webinar is part of the Returning to Practice in the Post COVID-19 Era: Resources for Treating Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia education project. Funding & support provided by AbbVie.

Steven Pergam, MD, MPH

Director Infection Prevention, Seattle Cancer Alliance; Associate Professor, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center; Associate Professor, University of Washington

Dr. Pergam received his MD from the University of Nebraska, his Infectious Diseases training at the University of Washington (UW), and his MPH from the UW School of Public Health. He is currently an Associate Member in the Clinical Research and Vaccine and Infectious Disease Divisions at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. He is also an Associate Professor in the Division of Allergy & Infectious Diseases, and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the UW School of Public Health. He is part of the FDA committee that votes on COVID vaccines and is interested in vaccines in immunosuppressed patients.

Alison Mayer Sachs, MSW, LSW, OSW-C, FAOSW (Moderator)

Director, Community Outreach & Cancer Support Services, Eisenhower Lucy Curci Cancer Center, Eisenhower Medical Center

Alison Mayer Sachs is nationally recognized for her leadership in the field of oncology social work and has served on the board of the Association of Oncology Social Work. She presently sits on The American Cancer Society’s Western Division, Desert-Coastal Board; the Scientific Advisory Board of the Go2Foundation For Lung Cancer; the Medical Advisory Board of Zero-The End of Prostate Cancer; and the Coachella Valley’s Desert Cancer Foundation. As the director of community outreach and cancer support services at Eisenhower Lucy Curci Cancer CenterMayer Sachs and her team are responsible for the development, design, and implementation of community outreach events, community education programs, oncology social work services, nursing navigation and disease prevention and health promotion programs. Mayer Sachs has lectured extensively on the importance of support and education for cancer patients, their loved ones, and the community, and she is adjunct faculty in Eisenhower’s Graduate Medical Education Residency Program. Since 2018, Mayer Sachs has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Psychosocial Oncology’s special section, “The Art of Psychosocial Oncology.”  


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