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(Times of San Diego) January 08, 2021 UC San Diego Health has partnered with the county of San Diego and plans to vaccinate at least 5,000 people per day against the novel coronavirus starting Monday, it was reported Friday. The decision, made Thursday, comes as hospitals throughout the county are bracing for a post-New Year’s Eve surge in infections that will challenge the region’s ability to care for COVID patients, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. “With the new partnership, we urgently need hundreds of UC San Diego Health team members to help out,” university officials said through an internal memo distributed on Thursday. “This is an ‘all hands’ effort as the goal is to vaccinate over 5,000 community members a day. You have the power to help vaccinate our community! We will need licensed and non-licensed team members (faculty, staff, students, and trainees) to step forward to serve in multiple different roles with supervisor approval to ensure a safe vaccine process,” the memo said, according to the Union-Tribune. –City News Service Times of San Diego is an independent online news site covering the San Diego metropolitan area. Our journalists report on politics, crime, business, sports, education, arts, the military and everyday life in San Diego. No subscription is required, and you can sign up for a free daily newsletter with a summary of the latest news.