Guest Letter

Happy and safe holidays from your friends at Hoag

Dear Neighbor, 

The holidays are, above all else, about the relationships we hold most dear. Speaking on behalf of the Hoag family, I wanted to let you know how much we treasure our relationship with this community – and how deeply we value each display of mutual responsibility we see. 

From the record number of people who have rushed out to get their flu shots, to the community members who are wearing masks and adhering to social distancing guidelines, each gesture is an act of love, appreciation and respect. And for that we are grateful. 

This year, the holidays will create unique challenges, and we are here to help. The resources and information found on this page will help you enjoy the holidays safely. 

Among the suggestions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and our nationally recognized medical team, is the recommendation that everyone who can to please get a flu shot. This is important because influenza challenges the immune system, leaving a person vulnerable to other illnesses, including COVID-19. While vaccines aren’t 100 percent effective, they greatly reduce a person’s risk of getting sick and lower the severity of illness if someone does fall ill. 

To ensure that our community has access to the influenza vaccine, Hoag this year doubled our order of vaccinations. We offer the flu vaccine through our medical offices, Hoag Urgent Care facilities, and are even offering free flu shots at John Wayne Airport at our new Fly Well Clinic, the first of its kind in Orange County. If you haven’t yet received your flu shot, please reach out to your physician or our care providers to learn more. 

I am proud to share that Hoag is actively working with top researchers on a promising COVID-19 vaccine research study, which is showing great promise at the early stages, and additional vaccines are moving towards FDA approval and expected to be available for distribution soon. But we all have access to available, safe vaccine for the flu now. 

Continued focus on handwashing, social distancing and mask wearing will also help to reduce the risk of both the flu and COVID-19. Working together, we can lessen the impact and support a healthier Orange County. 

While this holiday season will not look like those in years past, it can still be grounded in togetherness. We are together in our hopes and prayers for good health, and together in our creative pursuits of low-risk holiday activities. Together, we will make this holiday season meaningful and safe. 

From the Hoag family to yours, we wish you a happy, healthy holiday season.


Robert T. Braithwaite

President and Chief Executive Officer