16
March
2021
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11:11 AM
America/Los_Angeles

Keck Medicine of USC with vaccination update

Dear Valued Patient,

It is hard to believe that we have been living with the pandemic for a year. Despite the many challenges faced, we are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel as COVID-19 vaccines become available to more people.

I want to share an important update with you about how to schedule a vaccine appointment as the procedure has changed. I also want to review with you what patient populations are currently available to be vaccinated.

Current vaccine eligibility

As of March 1, in accordance with Los Angeles County guidelines, Keck Medicine of USC began administering vaccines to educators and childcare workers, food and agriculture workers, public transit workers, and first responders and law enforcement. We are also still providing vaccines to previously eligible groups – health care workers and those 65 years of age or older.

On March 15, again following county guidelines, we began vaccinating individuals 16-64 who have disabilities or 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 California’s COVID-19 vaccine website for a list of eligible medical conditions.

How eligible patients can make an appointment

People who are eligible can schedule an appointment through a new state-wide system for everyone in California, My Turn. This system, administered through Blue Shield of California, operates under a first-come, first-serve system.

Here’s how to book an appointment:

  1. Go to myturn.ca.gov.
  2. Answer a series of questions to determine your eligibility for a vaccine.
  3. If eligible, you will be provided with a list of vaccine clinic locations near you.
  4. Select a vaccine location and book your appointment. If you select a Keck Medicine location, you will schedule your appointment through the myUSCchart portal.

Keck Medicine aims to have an updated schedule of available appointments by Friday of each week, based on its allocation. While we always hope to serve our patients, you should feel free to select the clinic most convenient for you, even if it is not Keck Medicine. Vaccine supply remains limited, so while Keck Medicine appointments go quickly, where you get the vaccine is not as important as getting it.

Please remember, Keck Medicine is not accepting walk-ins. You must have an appointment to receive the vaccine.

If you are not yet eligible or there are no appointments available, you can register with My Turn to be notified once you are eligible or when appointments open up. Due to high demand and a limited supply, My Turn is informing the public that it may take weeks to schedule an appointment.

If you need assistance with My Turn or don’t have an email address or mobile phone, please call the CA COVID-19 Hotline at 1-833-422-4255 (Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.) for assistance.

Keeping you informed

Thank you for your patience as we work diligently to provide you with the most current information on COVID-19 vaccinations and help you get vaccinated as quickly as possible. If you have any questions or concerns, please visit our COVID-19 vaccine web page, which is updated regularly.

I want to end with the good news that the Food and Drug Administration has approved a third COVID-19 vaccine, made by Johnson & Johnson, in addition to the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines already available. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is highly effective in protecting people against COVID-19 and has the advantage of only requiring one shot. This new arrival will expand the vaccine supply and help contain the virus.

Thank you for being our patient and trusting Keck Medicine with your care.

Sincerely,

Rod Hanners

Interim CEO

Keck Medicine of USC