• Health workers received LLUH’s first COVID-19 vaccinations on Thursday, December 17.
  • Loma Linda University Health (LLUH) received about 3,800 doses of the vaccine Wednesday, December 16.
  • The vaccines will be administered to employees over the course of next week.

Loma Linda, CA, December 17, 2020 — Health workers at Loma Linda University Health received the organization’s first vaccinations against COVID-19 on Thursday morning, December 17.

Victor Sabala, an environmental services worker at Loma Linda University Medical Center received the first shot, followed by Bertha Leon, another environmental services worker at the Medical Center and Amber Mejia, an Emergency Department nurse at the Medical Center.

“Being one of the first people to get the vaccine was very empowering and very inspirational,” Mejia said. “I feel very blessed that I was asked to participate in this event. It’s historical for Loma Linda University Health and for everyone going through this pandemic right now.”

Approximately 3,800 doses of the vaccine were delivered to Loma Linda University Health on Wednesday, December 16, and will be given to employees throughout the next week.  

The vaccinations are being administered by Loma Linda University students from the School of Pharmacy and School of Nursing.

About Loma Linda University Health

Loma Linda University Health includes Loma Linda University’s eight professional schools, Loma Linda University Medical Center’s six hospitals and more than 1,000 faculty physicians located in the Inland Empire of Southern California. Established in 1905, Loma Linda University Health is a global leader in education, research and clinical care. It offers over 100 academic programs and provides quality health care to over 40,000 inpatients and 1.5 million outpatients each year. A Seventh-day Adventist organization, Loma Linda University Health is a faith-based health system with a mission “to continue the teaching and healing ministry of Jesus Christ.”

Photo caption – Victor Sabala, an environment services worker at Loma Linda University Medical Center, was the first to receive the vaccination. It was administered by Mario Seleman, a Loma Linda University School of Pharmacy student.

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