Kaiser Permanente, the nation’s largest integrated, nonprofit health care provider is joining the White House for its National Month of Action sprint to vaccinate 70% of adults in the U.S. against COVID-19 with at least one shot by July 4.
- Acceleration of the final dose: With a presence in 8 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, Kaiser Permanente is well-positioned to accelerate this final vaccine push by connecting with millions of Americans who are not yet vaccinated. By launching several programs and incentives to engage unvaccinated individuals, Kaiser Permanente is aiming to increase confidence in the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine and provide easy access to receive it.
- Tremendous undertaking: “The U.S. vaccination effort has been a tremendous and inspiring undertaking and Kaiser Permanente is proud to have played our part to quickly and safely protect Americans from the most immediate threat to the health of our nation. From standing up mass vaccination sites to deploying mobile clinics that have reached the most vulnerable populations, we’ve made every effort to vaccinate our communities,” said Kaiser Permanente chair and chief executive officer Greg A. Adams.
- Effective vaccination: Kaiser Permanente has been effectively vaccinating its employees, members, and communities for the past 6 months. With its scale and extensive experience in population health, the organization has partnered broadly with cities, states, and other municipalities, as well as with community organizations and federally qualified health centers, to safely and equitably administer nearly 7 million shots.
- Reports: According to the White House, 63% of adult Americans had been vaccinated as of June 2, including 73% of Americans age 40 and over. COVID-19 cases and deaths have plummeted as a result, with cases falling more than 90% since January 20, 2021. Deaths are down over 85% in that time period. Nearly 600,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began in early 2020.
- Accessible dose: “We are making it easier than ever for people to get the vaccine. Our own clinics are open on a walk-in basis in addition to scheduling appointments. We are also in our communities with pop up clinics at parks, community centers, and churches just to name a few options,” said Stephen Parodi, MD, executive vice president of The Permanente Federation.