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At Dignity Health, challenges like the COVID-19 pandemic reinforce our commitment to caring for all. The safety of our visitors, patients, local communities, employees, and physicians remains our highest priority. We will continue to provide updates on this page with the latest information available.
We continue to stay in close contact with the county department of health to determine the best way to care for an unprecedented surge of critically ill COVID-19 patients. If the number of patients exceeds our resources, and there are no alternate care sites available, we may need to implement triage guidelines so that limited resources are used equitably and consistent with national standards.
Triaging care during a crisis situation is the most difficult decision any provider has to make. At Dignity Health, triage guidelines are based on the unequivocal principle that we treat all patients with dignity and respect.
Dignity Health Southern California Hospitals are closely following the progress of vaccine development for COVID-19, and we are preparing to administer the vaccine to our healthcare workers. The FDA has issued an Emergency Use Authorization for a COVID-19 vaccine.
State and local health departments determine how vaccines are distributed. All Dignity Health Southern California hospitals are participating in the administration of COVID-19 vaccines according to the LA County and San Bernardino County guidelines for distribution. For more information about when or where you may be able to receive the vaccine, visit:
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To learn more about COVID-19 vaccines, Frequently Asked Questions are available below and also on the CDC website and FDA website.
Vaccines to protect against COVID-19 are available now. The FDA has issued Emergency Use Authorizations (EUA) for COVID-19 vaccines manufactured by Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson. Distribution of the vaccine is determined by Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties.
At Dignity Health Southern California hospitals, safety is our highest priority, and we only administer vaccines that are recommended by the FDA as safe and effective.
CDC recommendations indicate a phased approach to vaccine allocation, beginning in Phase 1a with health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities. Phase 1b includes essential workers and people aged 75 and older. Phase 1c includes people over age 65, people under age 65 who have underlying medical conditions, and other essential workers. As vaccine supply increases, vaccines may be more widely available to the public in the coming months.
Check with Los Angeles County or San Bernardino County for more information about provider sites near you.
The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses, administered three or four weeks apart. When a vaccine is given, information will be provided about when to get the second dose. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires only one dose.
It is crucial to follow public health guidance to slow the spread of COVID-19, including wearing a mask, handwashing, social distancing, and getting the vaccine when it is available to you. All available vaccines provide extremely strong protection against severe COVID-19 infection and significantly reduce the likelihood of hospitalization or death. Any vaccine available to you is the one you should consider.
If anything, the COVID-19 pandemic has toughened our resolve to care for every patient with empathy, kindness, and a vigilance that’s only intensified.
We know you may have questions about receiving in-person care. That is why we are following safety guidelines from the CDC and state leaders, and are only resuming care where we have enough supplies, capacity and protective equipment to safely provide care.
We will screen everyone entering our care sites for symptoms of COVID-19, and require all patients to wear masks. Extra cleanings have been added between procedures. Visitor restrictions will remain in place, and most care sites will have designated areas for patients with COVID-19.
We are pleased to offer video visits as a convenient and safe way to see your doctor without leaving your home. Learn more about what a video visit is, how it works, and what types of visits can be handled virtually.
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