COVID-19 Vaccine InformationJan 27, 2021
Dear fellow community members and colleagues,
While the vaccine for COVID-19 is part of the answer to the pandemic’s challenges, it also has raised questions in our communities about Tenet Health Central Coast’s activity and preparedness in that regard.
First, I am very happy to report that we have vaccinated most of our staff and physicians that work at our hospitals and continue to see a strong interest from our employees wanting to receive the vaccine.
It is essential that we, as hospitals, model that behavior for the community so that people will get the vaccine when it becomes available. We also want everyone to know that the vaccines are the best way for us to protect our communities and ourselves. The sooner everyone eligible is vaccinated, the sooner we can visualize an end the pandemic.
Some of the questions we have received were in response to news stories in other parts of the nation about unused doses and I am proud to say we have not had to throw away an unused dose. While we knew we would be among the first to receive doses from the government, we didn’t know exactly when or how many – therefore, we put a plan in place and performed advance drills to ensure vaccinations would go smoothly. This included scheduling employees and creating specific pathways to our clinics.
In fact, our model has worked so well, that we offered it to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo for their consideration as an example of an efficient process should they provide vaccinations for their students, staff and faculty. I am proud to say we are a part of the Cal Poly Vaccination Task Force.
Ensuring our essential workers are vaccinated means that we are doing our best to ensure access to care for everyone, not only those who may have contracted the virus. As we move into the administration of second doses, we are continuing to offer vaccine clinics for our employees because the vaccines are part of the important, multiple layers of safety that we can provide to our staff.
The point of vaccinations is that we are all connected: making sure we take care of staff is an important part of taking care of every individual who comes through our doors or calls Tele-ER. We do so with pride, respect and compassion.
Stay safe and continue practicing social distancing, wearing masks and washing your hands often.
Mark Lisa, CEO
Tenet Health Central Coast