An update on vaccinations
Vaccination of healthcare workers is underway, and as of January 6, more than 20,000 Penn Medicine faculty and staff have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Medical students approaching clinical rotations are being vaccinated on a rolling basis.
For members of the PSOM community not involved in patient care, those working with SARS-CoV-2 in BSL3 labs are being prioritized, followed by those performing COVID-19 testing and clinical researchers actively working with patients.
Subsequent prioritization groups will follow state guidelines and will occur as quickly as possible, depending upon availability of vaccine doses, which remains fluid and difficult to predict. Our best estimate is that it will take until late February or early March to complete health care worker vaccination.
We will continue to share updates as we receive them from our University and Health System colleagues.
Jon Epstein, MD
Executive Vice Dean and Chief Scientific Officer
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania