With more than 60 years of history and experience caring for our neighbors and friends, our roots run deep in this community. Through the years, our top priority has remained close to the heart of all Yuma Regional Medical Center (YRMC) caregivers – to provide the highest quality care, even in the toughest times. Since the beginning of the pandemic, in Yuma County alone, we have seen more than 36,000 of our neighbors diagnosed with COVID-19, and we have treated nearly 3,000 patients with COVID-19 at YRMC. The arrival of the COVID-19 vaccine to our community marks an important milestone in the pandemic, and we’re excited for the future.
Answering the Call - Our Vaccine Response
We believe all members of our community should be able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine – and as soon as possible. Unfortunately, there is no blueprint to make distribution fast or easy. Individual organizations are stretched and do not have the foundation to accommodate this massive undertaking. That’s why YRMC answered the call and stepped up, amid the intense second wave, to focus additional resources on greatly increasing access to vaccines.
In anticipation of opening a vaccine clinic, we expanded our team, as well as planned and tested workflows to ensure a seamless process for our patients. When we received our initial allotment of community vaccines, we were ready and able to vaccinate 2,030 people during our first three days. Realizing the registration process could be even more convenient for patients, we made adjustments which allowed for an even smoother patient experience as we continued to receive more vaccines.
By combining efforts with the Yuma County Health Department and City of Yuma, we accelerated the distribution of vaccines throughout Yuma County. Together, we are able to administer more than to 1,000 doses per day. To date, we have vaccinated more than 12,000 community members.
Together we can Overcome
Even with combined local efforts, our community still had a high demand for vaccines, which outweighed the limited supply. We continued to strongly advocate for more vaccines to help meet our community’s need. Our collective community efforts have been heard. On March 29, 2021, in partnership with the Arizona Department of Health Services, Yuma will become a site of a state supported vaccine pod. This important decision is a critical step to get our hard-hit community vaccinated against COVID-19. Together we will overcome this devastating pandemic.
“No words of praise can adequately reflect the depth of my gratitude for the real heroes during these challenging, historic times,” said Dr. Bharat Magu, Chief Medical Officer of YRMC. “Our caregivers at YRMC have risen to every challenge in order to care for their community. Now, they are taking up the momentous task of sharing this life-saving vaccine with their fellow residents, working so hard to protect as many people as we can from this terrible virus. I couldn’t be more proud.”
The Importance of the Vaccine
Vaccines are the greatest tool we have to end the pandemic. The vaccine works, is safe, and is an important next step for each of our community members to ensure we can get back to safely seeing our family and friends.
”No matter which particular vaccine you receive, you will be giving yourself almost complete protection against hospitalization and death – the very worst effects of this virus,” said Dr. Magu. “I encourage my fellow Yuma County residents to please receive whichever vaccine is first available to them. Please do not wait. The difference this vaccine can make in your life cannot be underestimated.”
We’re 100 percent committed to helping vaccinate our community and care deeply about making this a reality. We’ll be ready for you when your place in line arrives.