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Scripps Health Forms Committee To Assess COVID-19 Vaccines

Scripps Health Medical Center in Escondido is pictured in this undated photo.

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While there still isn’t a clear timeline for the arrival of a COVID-19 vaccine, Scripps Health is already preparing for when that day comes.

The hospital chain this week formed a committee that will be responsible for reviewing forthcoming vaccines for the patients and employees at Scripps hospitals.

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Considering how many vaccines are being developed and how quickly they might become available, this review committee will be responsible for choosing the best vaccines for Scripps’ patients and staff.

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“We are going to be responsible to answer a lot of questions that our employees will have and our doctors will have,” said Chris Van Gorder, the CEO and President of Scripps Health. “And frankly the patients are already coming to doctors to ask about vaccines.”

Scripps is one of the largest hospital systems in San Diego County with over 15,000 employees serving about 600,000 patients each year. The vaccine committee is made up of experts across all fields of medicine from pediatrics to infectious diseases.

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Joe Hong
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opening quote marksclosing quote marksAs an education reporter, I'm always looking for stories about learning. My favorite education stories put a student's face on bigger policy issues. I regularly sift through enrollment data, test scores and school budgets, but telling student-centered stories is my top priority.

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