Continuing healthy behaviors and getting the vaccine when it’s your turn can help end this pandemic.
After several weeks of declining COVID-19 infection rates and increasing vaccination rates, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidance that people who have been fully vaccinated can start doing some things they had stopped doing because of the pandemic, if also allowed by state law and public health rules. This includes gathering indoors with other fully vaccinated people and traveling. In public places, it’s important to maintain healthy behaviors — such as wearing a quality, well-fitting mask, washing your hands often, and keeping your distance — even if you’re fully vaccinated.
“We are optimistic about the growing vaccination rates and about one day achieving widespread vaccination — something that is vital to ending this pandemic,” said Kaiser Permanente national infectious disease leader Paul Thottingal, MD. “Until then, public health measures remain essential to slowing the spread of COVID-19. If we keep working together, we will end this pandemic.”
The last year changed our lives in many unexpected ways. We are deeply grateful to our medical teams, staff, and employees who expertly and compassionately care for and protect our members, patients, communities, and each other. Here are just a few ways we adjusted to ensure we continue to provide convenient and high-quality care for our members and patients and keep everyone safe.
Nearly half of our outpatient care visits are now conducted by video or phone call. This includes an average of 40,000 video visits per weekday — and our members have rated our video visits 4.4 out of 5 stars on average.
Every day we’re filling approximately 116,000 prescriptions by mail, allowing our members to receive essential prescriptions at home. Our teams have adjusted resources and services to meet the increased mail-to-home demand, which has gone from a third of all prescriptions before the pandemic to now half of all prescriptions we dispense.
As of early April, we’ve administered more than 6.9 million diagnostic COVID-19 tests.
We’ve also administered more than 3.3 million COVID-19 vaccine doses and continue to increase the number of available vaccine appointments as supply allows. For the latest information on the vaccines and to determine whether you are eligible in your area, visit kp.org/covidvaccine.
While the COVID-19 vaccines and declining infection rates bring hope, the virus still poses a risk as it continues to spread around the globe and within the United States, where the number of cases has surpassed 30.7 million with more than 555,000 fatalities.
If you’re a member experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell, please call your doctor or the number on the back of your Kaiser Permanente medical card. To learn more about COVID-19 testing, the COVID-19 vaccine, or for additional guidance, please visit kp.org.