26
February
2021
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16:53 PM
America/Los_Angeles

Keck Medicine of USC expands vaccinations

Dear Valued Patient, 

I am very happy to report that the number of COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles County has fallen dramatically in the last month. We expect and hope this trend to continue into the spring and summer. 

New eligibility for vaccines 

I am also excited to announce that the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is expanding eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine to three additional groups: educators and childcare workers, food and agriculture workers, and first responders and law enforcement.  

Beginning on March 1, Keck Medicine of USC will offer vaccines to our patients working in these sectors along with patients already eligible to receive a vaccine — health care workers and those 65 years of age or older. Eligible patients can make vaccine appointments now by calling 1-800-USC-CARE. 

While making your appointment you will be asked to confirm your eligibility and also to show proof when you arrive for your appointment. You will be told in advance what documentation to bring to make sure your vaccine experience runs smoothly. 

Vaccinations are by appointment only. Please note we are not accepting walk-ins.  

Also, we are partnering with local school districts and independent schools to arrange for vaccine clinics for educators on-site at Keck Medical Center of USC. At the same time, USC will launch vaccinations for staff and faculty working on the University Park Campus through the Student Health Center.  

Future eligibility 

In addition, beginning March 15, the county is allowing health care providers to begin vaccinating individuals 16-64 who have health conditions that put them at a very high risk if they were to become infected with COVID-19. This includes those with cancer, chronic kidney disease, chronic pulmonary disease, obesity, solid organ transplantation and some heart conditions. Please check this website for a list of eligible medical conditions.  

Keck Medicine has also been selected as one of 19 health systems to provide vaccines to Californians as part of a new state-run vaccination process. This new system aims to standardize vaccine eligibility and registration across the state while ensuring vaccinations are getting to communities that have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. We will provide updates on this new state-wide effort as more details are provided. 

In the meantime, we have been fine-tuning and streamlining our patient vaccine process to ensure that when it’s time for you to get your vaccine, you will have the best possible experience. 

Join us for a COVID-19 vaccine Facebook Live event  

For more information on COVID-19 vaccines, please join us for a COVID-19 Vaccine Virtual Town Hall Facebook Live event on Thursday, March 4 at 5 p.m. PST. You can find the event on Keck Medicine’s Facebook page. If you have questions you would like answered during the event, you can submit them here.  

In other good news, we are happy to be welcoming back visitors in a limited capacity to our hospitals. You can find more details here.  

Thank you for trusting Keck Medicine with your care.  

 

Sincerely,  

Rod Hanners 

Interim CEO  

Keck Medicine of USC