What a difference a year makes. Last year around this time, a massive vaccination effort began as COVID-19 shots began rolling out to sites around the country — and it hasn’t really stopped. Although many had been hopeful that the vaccines could help us put the pandemic behind us once and for all, that reality hasn’t quite panned out. But that shouldn’t stop anyone from taking time this holiday season to celebrate and reflect on how far we’ve come.
This year has shown all of us that despite the enormity of the challenges facing us — whether it’s in the four walls of your hospital, at the state Capitol, or in Washington, DC — you are resilient and will remain so. From numerous COVID-19 surges to workforce challenges — you didn’t let that stop you. Hospitals led the way in delivering COVID-19 vaccinations en masse while continuing to provide lifesaving care to all who needed it.
I hope that each and every one of you can take time to reflect on the difference you have made this past year. And that you will join me in welcoming the New Year with anticipation of all that will be accomplished in 2022. While nobody knows exactly what next year will look like, know that your HASD&IC and CHA teams will be here to support you every step of the way.
With the availability of vaccines for much of the population, this year’s celebrations may look a bit different than last, as gatherings resume. No matter which holiday you celebrate — and however you celebrate — I hope you are able to share this season with friends and family and will take pride in all that you have accomplished.
Happy holidays and Happy New Year!