February 2, 2021 – Important COVID Vaccine Availability Update
Dear PPMA Patients:
Please refer to the letter below from Hoag for more information on distribution of the vaccine. Once you get the vaccine, please be sure that you are given some type of verification as to the brand and date you received the vaccine, and please be sure that you can obtain a second one in the appropriate time frame.
As you may know, the Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA) has approved COVID-19 vaccinations for people ages 65+. Hoag is one of a number of sites in the County offering vaccination appointments for eligible individuals.
To date, Hoag has vaccinated more than 8,000 people including Hoag staff, medical staff, community health care workers, and patients and community members who are 65 and over.
We look forward to vaccinating all of our patients as soon as possible. We have organized several community vaccine clinics with a small number of appointments to date, due to our limited vaccine supply. Appointment availability can be viewed https://athoag.org/covid-vaccine. Please continue to check this site for available appointments.
We anticipate receiving more vaccines from the County over the next several weeks which will allow us to schedule additional appointments and meet more of the demand. Once we receive ample supply, we will be able to quickly operate larger vaccine clinics to serve more of our patients and community members. We have dedicated a team of Hoag staff to support our patients through this journey, and we look forward to being able to vaccinate many more of you soon.
If you are a Hoag Medical Group patient and have not already activated your Hoag Connect MyChart account, please take a moment to do so at www.HoagConnect.org/MyChart/signup. Those eligible to receive the vaccine will be able to schedule available appointments at Hoag directly through the website and MyChart app. If you need help with Hoag Connect MyChart, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We urge you to also explore vaccination opportunities through the Orange County Health Care Agency at one of their Super POD (Point-of-Dispensing) clinics. The County is encouraging eligible residents to register for notifications about these vaccine appointments at www.othena.com/individuals.php. The sooner you can receive the vaccine, the better – so be sure to explore all options and take advantage of the first appointment you can get.
Please continue wearing masks, staying home as much as possible, washing your hands frequently and practicing social distancing. We will get through this tough time together by exercising compassion and caution for our neighbors and loved ones.
We thank you for your continued support and partnership and will update you as more information becomes available.
Robert T. Braithwaite
President and Chief Executive Officer