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First-year medical student’s study reveals COVID-19 vaccine efficacy in immunocompromised patients

Elizabeth Titova, a first-year student at Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine, utilised her expertise in phlebotomy and scientific research to publish a groundbreaking clinical study on COVID-19 vaccination in Microbiology Spectrum, an ASM Journal. Her research revealed that while immunocompetent individuals exhibit a stronger immune response to the vaccine, immunocompromised populations, particularly cancer patients undergoing treatment, still develop a robust immune response, providing protection against SARS-CoV-2. This finding holds significant implications for infection risk and disease progression, especially for those with comorbidities. Titova’s study fills a crucial gap in understanding the vaccine’s efficacy in immunocompromised patients, a topic often questioned since its inception. Conducted in collaboration with Hackensack Meridian Health’s John Theurer Cancer Centre and Quest Diagnostics, Titova’s research underscores the importance of vaccination in combating the COVID-19 pandemic and highlights her dedication to advancing medical science.

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