Contra Costa County, July 12, 2021 – As COVID-19 vaccination rates slow down, the county’s two largest private healthcare providers, John Muir Health and Kaiser Permanente, teamed up on a campaign to help the community find answers to their concerns about the vaccine.
“Getting vaccinated is an important personal decision, and Kaiser Permanente is providing clear facts about the vaccine so that people can make the best possible choice for themselves and their loved ones,” said Chris Boyd, Kaiser Permanente’s senior vice president and area manager for the Diablo service area. “This campaign provides facts about the vaccine from our physician experts to help people understand how choosing vaccination can help bring an end to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The “Get Answers” campaign, launched today by Kaiser Permanente and John Muir Health provides free information about the COVID-19 vaccines directly from medical experts. The website includes answers to the most common vaccine questions and issues as well as an online portal where questions can be submitted and answered. Social media posts will be shared to help inform the public.
About 73% of Contra Costa County residents 12 and older have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. According to county health department data, about 72% of White residents and 88% of Asian residents are now fully vaccinated. Black residents and residents of other ethnicities lag behind in vaccination rates.
“We’re working together to do all we can to make it as easy as possible for people to get the answers they need as they consider vaccination. This is a very personal decision and one that both organizations believe is an important one for the health of our community. By working together with Kaiser Permanente, we are showing our community the importance of coming together for the common good,” said Dr. Nick Mickas, interim vice president of Clinical Affairs for John Muir Health.
Both health care providers are making their physicians available through a host of forums to provide information about the vaccine. In addition to the website and online Question and Answer portal, John Muir Health and Kaiser Permanente doctors will work with local employers and community and service groups.
The GetAnswersContraCosta.org website is open to anyone, regardless of where they get their medical care, and will be updated daily. In addition to posting their own questions, people can view previously answered questions and video testimonials from John Muir Health and Kaiser Permanente physicians.