UC San Diego Health staff administers a COVID-19 vaccination at a UC San Diego Health mobile vaccine clinic.
UC San Diego Health has been a leader in addressing the healthcare needs of our community throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. As a public institution and the region’s only academic medical center, we are committed to caring for members of our community, especially during times of great need.
Because of our commitment to community service, it should come as no surprise that when UC Health announced that the system delivered its one millionth vaccine in late April, UC San Diego Health played a major role in that achievement. In fact, since opening the state’s first vaccine superstation at Petco in January and the RIMAC vaccine station on campus in February, UC San Diego Health has administered nearly a half-million doses of COVID-19 vaccine. That is a staggering 40 percent of the total doses administered by the entire UCHealth system.
Between January and March 2021, UC San Diego Health administered more than 200,000 vaccines.
This has been no small feat. It has been the result of thousands of hours of work and the commitment of thousands of UC San Diego Health nurses, physicians, faculty, students and other volunteers from our expansive community.
The Petco location closed down in conjunction with the opening of the Padres’ season after providing more than 225,000 vaccinations to the community, but the work hasn’t stopped. The RIMAC campus site has continued to provide vaccines to UC San Diego Health patients and to those in our campus community. We continue to administer vaccines at our Hillcrest location and at UC San Diego Health clinics throughout the county. We also launched a mobile vaccine clinic to help ensure equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines to communities in our region that were disproportionately affected by the pandemic.
UC San Diego Health opened an on-campus vaccine clinic at RIMAC on February 8, 2021.
I am so grateful to everyone at UC San Diego Health for their caring, their collaboration and bold, innovative solutions throughout the pandemic. And thank you to the many campus staff, faculty and students who have volunteered over the months at our vaccination stations. I am so proud of the way our university community has consistently come together to address the most pressing challenges of our time. To all of you, thank you for your commitment to community service.