10:40 AM

Keck Medicine of USC interim CEO with COVID-19 vaccine message

Dear valued patients,

As we head into the holidays, we see new hope due to the exciting recent advances in COVID-19 vaccines. Keck Medical Center of USC will receive a limited amount of the first doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, and will begin administering them this week to our health care workers most at risk of infection.

We are grateful to be among those receiving the first wave of vaccines and for the chance to protect our staff, which also protects our patients and their loved ones.

Like the rest of the country, we are seeing an increase of COVID-positive patients in our hospitals. However, please be assured that we are well-prepared to handle the rise in cases as well as handle your routine and urgent health needs. Please do not delay care or put your health on hold.

This holiday season will be very different for all of us, but can still be a meaningful and cherished time. I will be staying home and celebrating with just the members of my household, and I urge you to do the same.

Even with the arrival of vaccines, we must stay vigilant. It is crucial we continue to mask up, not socialize with others outside of our households and if we must go out, maintain a distance of six feet from others. Health experts say even with vaccines, we will need to continue masking in the coming months until the general public reaches immunity.

In upcoming months, we will keep you updated on the status of vaccinations and you can always read more here. We also encourage you to consider getting vaccinated when a vaccine becomes widely available as this is key to keeping everyone safe and ending the pandemic.

In the meantime, please stay safe and happiest of holidays to you and your loved ones. Thank you for entrusting us with your health care in 2020. We wish you a peaceful and joyous New Year.



Rod Hanners

Interim CEO, Keck Medicine of USC