Eisenhower Health pleads for patience from patients on COVID vaccine

RANCHO MIRAGE — At this time, Eisenhower Health has not yet received a sufficient supply of Covid-19 vaccines to begin vaccinating all of our patients, the hospital stated in a message to patients this week. Without sufficient doses of the vaccine, we cannot make appointments for vaccine clinics. The message went on to plead for patience “while we await the supply.”

The message to patients stated that the hospital hopes “to begin vaccinating Eisenhower patients by end of January – again, dependent on a sufficient supply of vaccine.”

The hospital’s vaccine process will be very specific in order to minimize vaccine waste and long wait times and will be focused on Eisenhower patients according to the tiers approved by the California Department of Public Health, according to the message. Patients will be pre-registered and given appointment times at designated locations. With more than 55,000 patients over the age of 65 in its system, Eisenhower Health is now beginning a pilot program with the doses it has to test its mass vaccination potential within the health system.

Projected ICU capacity remains below 15% in Southern California which remains under the Regional Stay at Home Order.

As of Jan. 19, providers have reported administering a total of 1,525,816 vaccine doses statewide, according to the California Department of Public Health. Numbers do not represent true day-to-day change as reporting may be delayed. As of Jan. 19, a total of 4,112,400 vaccine doses, which includes the first and second dose, have been shipped to local health departments and health care systems that have facilities in multiple counties.

For the latest information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19), call the Eisenhower Health hotline at 760-TEST988 (or 760-837-8988) to discuss any symptom concerns before presenting at any of our locations. The line is staffed from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. with team members who are ready to assist you.

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