29
March
2021
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08:31 AM
America/Los_Angeles

Keck Medicine with update on expanded vaccine eligibility

Dear Valued Patient,

I know many of you have been patiently waiting for your turn to get the COVID-19 vaccine, and Keck Medicine of USC is working diligently to get you vaccinated as quickly as possible.

I am writing today with the exciting news that California is expanding the eligibility for COVID-19 vaccination within the following days and weeks.

Expanded vaccine eligibility

Beginning Thursday, April 1, all Californians age 50 or older are eligible to receive the vaccine, regardless of their profession or medical history.

Starting on Thursday, April 15, all Californians age 16 and older will be eligible for a vaccine.

Currently, those eligible for a vaccine include individuals with a high-risk medical condition or a disability; health care, education/childcare, food/agriculture, transportation, janitorial/maintenance and essential workers; and those age 65 or older.

How to book an appointment

When you are eligible for a vaccine, you can schedule an appointment through the California statewide system, My Turn. This system, administered through Blue Shield of California, operates under a first-come, first-serve basis.

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. Please note that our vaccine clinic locations will not appear once our appointments are fully booked.

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. For example, the city of Los Angeles is scheduling vaccine appointments, including at the Flower Street location on the University of Southern California campus.

We will continue to release Keck Medicine appointments weekly, based on our vaccine allocation. Appointments may go quickly.

Where you get your vaccine and which vaccine you get is not as important as making sure you receive one. All three vaccines – Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson – are highly effective in preventing severe COVID-19 disease, hospitalization and death, and you should take whichever vaccine is accessible. The best vaccine is the one that is available.

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

If you need assistance with My Turn or do not have an email address or mobile phone, please call the CA COVID-19 Hotline at (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

Please remember that once you are vaccinated, it is still recommended that you follow all safety protocols such as wearing a mask, socially distancing and avoiding large gatherings. We need to continue to take these precautions for the foreseeable future.

Keck Medicine will continue to keep you updated. If you have any questions or concerns, please visit our COVID-19 vaccine web page, which is updated regularly.

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

Sincerely,

Rod Hanners

Interim CEO

Keck Medicine of USC