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Tri-City Medical Center Deploys First Round of COVID-19 Vaccines

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Tri-City Medical Center in Vista. (OsideNews file photo by Steve Marcotte)

Hospital received 975 vaccines to administer to front-line healthcare workers

Oceanside CA— On Thursday, December 17, 2020, Tri-City Medical Center received an initial allotment of 975 Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines and began administering to physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, environmental services workers, patient access representatives and other front-line healthcare staff members. At 2 p.m. on Dec. 17, six Tri-City Medical Center healthcare workers received their first doses of the vaccine.

Tri-City Medical Center Chief Patient Care Services Officer Candice Parras, RN (left) gave the first vaccine shot to emergency room nurse Brook Sargent (right) (Photo courtesy: Tri-City Medical Center )

Tri-City Medical Center is implementing its voluntary vaccination plan, which prioritizes vaccinating healthcare workers with the greatest potential exposure to the virus. The initial doses received will be deployed over the coming days.
Brook Sargent, an emergency room nurse who has her master’s degree in public health and has worked at Tri-City Medical Center for 11 years, was the first to receive the vaccine.
“I’m so honored to be the first employee at Tri-City to receive the vaccine,” said Sargent. “I’m very proud of the team at Tri-City for their tireless efforts in facing down this virus and my heart goes out to everyone impacted by COVID-19.”
Tri-City Medical Center’s vaccination plan aligns with California’s three-tiered vaccine rollout plan.
“We’re excited to provide the opportunity for our frontline healthcare team to be among the first to receive the vaccine,” said Steve Dietlin, CEO of Tri-City Medical Center. “Our entire team has demonstrated unparalleled dedication to caring for our community throughout the pandemic.”
All Tri-City Medical Center physicians, nurses, staff and patients will continue to wear personal protective gear and physical distancing and encourages the community to continue following appropriate practices to reduce new cases and hospitalizations.


About Tri-City Medical Center

Tri-City Medical Center has served our community for nearly 60 years and is one of the largest employers in North San Diego County. As a full-service acute care hospital with three primary care clinics and over 500 physicians practicing in over 60 specialties, Tri-City is vital to the well-being of our community and serves as a healthcare safety net for many of our citizens. The hospital has received a Gold Seal of Approval® from the Joint Commission, showcasing a commitment to safe and effective patient care for the residents of the community.
Tri-City Medical Center prides itself on being the home to leading orthopedic, spine and cardiovascular health services while also specializing in world-class women’s health, robotic surgery, cancer and emergency care. Tri-City’s Emergency Department is there for your loved ones in their time of need and is highly regarded for our heart attack and stroke treatment programs. When minutes matter Tri-City is your source for quality compassionate care close to home. The hospital operates the largest Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in North County. Tri-City partners with over 50 local non-profit and community organizations as part of our COASTAL Commitment initiative. Together we are helping tackle many of our communities’ pressing health and social needs.
For more information about Tri-City Medical Center and Tri-City Healthcare District, please visit tricitymed.org.

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Tri-City Medical Center Deploys First Round of COVID-19 Vaccines