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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.
To learn more about COVID-19 vaccines, Frequently Asked Questions are available below and also on the CDC website and FDA website.
The FDA has issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the first COVID vaccine. We are preparing to vaccinate our healthcare workers soon.
At CommonSpirit Health, safety is our priority, and we only administer vaccines that are recommended by the FDA as safe and effective.
Initial supply of a COVID-19 vaccine may be limited, and federal guidelines indicate that health care workers should be among the first to get the vaccine in order to ensure health systems are able to continue to provide care through the pandemic and beyond. Additionally, first responders and employees and patients in long-term care centers and other similar facilities will also likely receive the vaccines first, when they are available. We expect that vaccines may be widely available by spring or summer 2021.
Initially, a limited number of provider sites will be available to administer the vaccine. Check with your physician’s office for more information about provider sites near you. Click below for County updates:
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.
For additional information on the COVID-19 vaccine and the vaccine approval process, we recommend reviewing the FAQs on the CDC website and FDA website. Click below for County updates:
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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