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Anti-Vaccination Demonstration Response at Brigham and Women's Hospital


Around the country, a growing numbers of transplant programs have chosen to either bar patients who refuse COVID-19 vaccines from receiving transplants, or give them lower priority on crowded organ waitlists. At Brigham and Women's Hospital, a 31-year-old male, hospitalized since November, was reportedly ineligible to get added to the heart transplant waitlist because he was not vaccinated for COVID-19.Two anti-vaccination protests took place at Brigham and Women’s Hospital over the course of January 2022. Mass General Brigham Emergency Preparedness coordinated a hospital-wide response to this event, including increasing security, managing threats, and communicating with and supporting staff. 

About the Presenter:




Sarah Tsay, MPH, DrPH-c

Sarah is the Director of Emergency Preparedness for Brigham and Women's Hospital and Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital, within the Mass General Brigham Integrated Health Care System. She is also a third year Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) candidate and Prajna Leadership Fellow at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Prior to her role with Mass General Brigham, Sarah was the Program Manager for New York City’s Emergency Operations Center at NYC Emergency Management. During emergencies, she served as a Health and Medical Emergency Support Function Coordinator.  

Rob Munroe

Rob is the Senior Program Manager of Emergency Preparedness at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital. Rob is a graduate of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s Emergency Management Program and has been working in the Emergency Preparedness Department at the Brigham and Faulkner for over 3 years. In his time at the Brigham and Faulkner, Rob has participated in numerous preparedness and emergency response efforts.   Prior to the Brigham and Faulkner, Rob interned for the United States Coast Guard and Tufts Medical Center, focusing on prevention and preparedness activities.

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