Executive Director's February Blog
Normally, I would be talking about how February is Heart Health Month and how heart disease is the leading cause of death in America, but the number one question we’re getting these days is “when can I get the COVID-19 vaccine?” I can’t think of a better way to reduce our collective blood pressure readings than to get our community back to normal. In order to do that, we need everyone to get vaccinated, so thank you for asking and being willing to do your part. Here’s what I know.
Why your PCP does not have more vaccine information
If you’ve been calling your provider or primary care physician, you’ve probably learned that they don’t know when you can get the vaccine and they can’t get you on the list. It is still the end goal that you will be able to get your vaccine through your primary care physician or local pharmacy. However, during this time of limited vaccine supply, the major health systems and hospital networks will manage vaccine administration. In San Francisco, the health systems Dignity Health, Kaiser Permanente, Sutter Health and University of California San Francisco (UCSF) are all doing their part to administer the vaccines they have received from the state to persons meeting the state and local guidelines. Note, these guidelines are under continuous review.
Are you registered with a health system or hospital network’s patient portal?
Most providers or primary care physicians are part of a health system or hospital network. Every major local health system has a patient portal. If you’ve had special tests, lab work or other services done in the past and you signed up with their patient portal, then you are most likely already registered in their system or can register now using one of the links below.
How do I register for a hospital network patient portal?
Ask your primary care doctor how you can register for their participating network hospital patient portal. As providers stand up vaccine services – those groups or practices will also use or activate their patient portals.
If you do not have a primary care physician, have not seen a doctor for a while, nor seen a specialist or had special lab work done, click here to get on citywide list and to be notified for when it’s your turn to get the vaccine.
Abbie Yant, RN, MA