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December
2021
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The importance of getting a booster shot this holiday season

Dear Valued Patient,

We are writing today with important information to help you and your family enjoy the holidays safely.

With the current rise in COVID-19 cases and the emergence of the omicron variant, we urge you to get your COVID-19 vaccine booster shot.

Research has shown that the effectiveness of the vaccine fades over time. Additionally, data is indicating that a booster vaccine provides significant protection against the omicron variant. 

Booster shots are available for individuals 16 and older if they received the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine six or more months ago or the Johnson & Johnson vaccine two or more months ago.

The CDC now recommends that individuals receive an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine —either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine — over Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine. 

Where to get a booster shot

Many local pharmacies offer booster doses. You can visit the My Turn website to find a location convenient for you.

Additionally, Keck Medicine of USC, in partnership with USC Pharmacies, is offering booster doses to individuals 16 and older at the lower level of Norris Healthcare Center (HC3), located at 1516 San Pablo St., Los Angeles, CA 90033, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  

Please note the clinic will be closed on Dec. 24, Christmas Day, Dec. 31 and New Year’s Day.

No appointment is needed; walk-ins are accepted. You must either bring paper or electronic proof of vaccination.

Stay safe for the holidays

In addition to getting vaccinated, please remember to continue taking precautions to protect you and your family against COVID-19 this holiday season, such as avoiding large gatherings, socializing outdoors and wearing a mask while maintaining social distance in indoor spaces.

As the year comes to a close, we want to thank you once more for entrusting Keck Medicine of USC with your care.  We look forward to meeting your health care needs in 2022.

I wish you and your loved ones safe and happy holidays.

Sincerely,

 

Rod Hanners

CEO

Keck Medicine of USC