A Message From Our CEO
As part of our commitment to keep you informed about the status of COVID-19 vaccine distribution, we wanted to share the latest developments.
You may have seen that much is changing. Official guidance on vaccine phases is updated as the situation evolves. New vaccination sites are opening. Certain counties are moving into additional phases. Teams are working to ensure adequate vaccine supply, and various health care workers are being called upon to help give shots while their colleagues care for patients on the front lines.
Through it all, we know you’re likely focused on one thing: when you can get the vaccine. We want to assure you that much work is happening to make it available to you and the rest of our community as soon as possible, and we want to be sure you remain informed.
For now, San Diego County continues to vaccinate Phase 1A, which includes health care workers and people in long-term care facilities. About 500,000 of our county’s 3.3 million residents are in this category. So while it will take time to move through Phase 1A, a significant portion of our population is currently getting vaccinated. We all benefit from this because each person vaccinated means we are one step closer to ending this pandemic.
Included among those who have received their first dose of the vaccine are more than 16,000 people working at Sharp — people who care for you. Additionally, Sharp has opened two sites to assist in the County’s effort to vaccinate Phase 1A workers who don’t work for large health systems.
We know you are eager for information, especially as we approach the next phase of distribution, which will include people over age 65. Because San Diego County officials will determine the timing of vaccine phases, we don’t have further details to share at this time.
We need to ask that you please reserve our phone lines and online message systems for current medical needs, and know we will provide additional updates regularly. You can also visit sharp.com/coronavirus for the latest information.
This is a time of change, a time of hope and a time of patience. We are almost there.
In good health,
President and CEO, Sharp HealthCare