On behalf of our hospitals and health care systems, we strongly recommend
everyone get vaccinated against COVID 19. We do not have enough vaccine
participation yet to create the collective protection we all seek, protection
that will allow us to have more normal lifestyles.
Each vaccine available – from Moderna (2 doses), Pfizer (2 doses),
and Johnson & Johnson (a single dose) – is well studied and
offers safe, excellent protection from severe illness. The temporary pause
taken last week with one vaccine to assess a very rare (about 1 in a million)
potential blood clot issues highlights the careful nature of our approach.
The risk of serious illness, including blood clots or other problems –
even in the young – is much higher if you get COVID -19 infection
than if you get the vaccine. And, if you skip vaccination, you are much
more likely to get COVID 19 and be harmed.
Wondering about the safety of any care is wise. That is why we are sharing
the evidence, which is clear: These vaccines protect many people and have
very little risk – it is far safer to get vaccinated than to get COVID-19.
To keep you safe and to keep others safe, get a vaccine as soon as possible
– we have supplies and vaccination clinics ready for you. Go to
or contact whichever vaccination provider that is easiest for you; if
you have a concern, ask your doctor or call ahead for advice. We want
you to be safe.
Please encourage all 16 years old and older in your family and among your
friends to get a vaccine. We will get this pandemic behind us if we all
finish this last step.
The Southwestern PA Regional CMO Consortium:
Donald M. Yealy, MD –
Chief Medical Officer, UPMC
Donald M. Whiting, MD –
Chief Medical Officer, Allegheny Health Network
Carol J. Fox, MD –
Chief Medical Officer, Excela Health System
David Rottinghaus, MD –
Chief Medical Officer, Butler Health System
Michael Cratty, MD –
Chief Medical Officer, Heritage Valley Health System
John Sullivan, MD –
Chief Medical Officer, St. Clair Hospital
John Six, MD –
Chief Medical Officer, Washington Health System
Ali F. Sonel, MD –
Chief Medical Officer, Pittsburgh VA Health System
Elizabeth Dunmore, MD –
Chief Medical Officer, Conemaugh Health System
Russell Cameron, MD –
Chief Medical Officer, Penn Highlands Healthcare
Richard K. Neff, MD –
Chief Medical Officer, Indiana Regional Medical Center
James W. Backstrom, MD –
Chief Medical Officer, Armstrong Co Memorial Hospital