27
January
2021
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16:02 PM
America/Los_Angeles

Keck Medicine of USC: Important COVID-19 vaccine update

Limited vaccine appointments available for eligible patients

Dear Valued Patient,

As you may know, on January 21, Los Angeles County authorized COVID-19 vaccinations for those 65 years of age or older. However, there is a scarcity of vaccines in Los Angeles County, which is greatly impacting the plan to vaccinate eligible patients.

We ask for your patience as we work with county and state officials to secure supply and ensure everyone who is eligible can be vaccinated as soon as possible.

Starting this Friday, January 29, we will begin inviting our most vulnerable patients 65 or older to be vaccinated in a very restricted phased approach, asking them to schedule an appointment for their first dose of the vaccine on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Those under the age of 65 will not be vaccinated at this point, regardless of underlying health conditions.

We are fully prepared to begin administering vaccines to eligible patients. To date, we have administered 16,000 doses, including 11,000 first doses, to eligible individuals across the university and can attest to a smooth and safe process of our vaccination efforts.

Vaccination appointments will be released sequentially in seven-day blocks, with our first clinic appointments for eligible patients beginning February 1.

Next steps

  • Please check the myUSCchart patient portal to make sure we have all of your current contact information. If you don’t have a myUSCchart account, you can find instructions on how to create one here.
  • When the first block of vaccination appointments opens on January 29, we will begin offering invitations via email on a limited rolling basis.
  • Invitations will provide specific instructions on where to log in to be screened for eligibility and scheduled for your appointment. Rest assured that an appointment for your second dose will be confirmed after the initial dose.

Please remember, you must have an appointment to receive a vaccination. We are not permitting any walk-ins at this time.

While Keck Medicine of USC strives to be your preferred provider, it is possible to receive a vaccine directly from the Los Angeles County website. If you are a resident of Los Angeles County, you can check this website for appointments.

Please visit our website if you have further questions or concerns as we will continually update it with the latest vaccination information.

We ask for your patience with any additional hold times with phone calls or delayed online access as we expect an overall surge in traffic due to high interest in our vaccination efforts.

Thank you for trusting Keck Medicine with your care.

Sincerely,

Rod Hanners

Interim CEO

Keck Medicine of USC