When COVID-19 vaccinations began, the USC community sprang into action

From day one of distribution to today, Trojans have been delivering vaccines to hard-hit communities, volunteering at mega-sites and ensuring that hundreds of thousands of shots get into arms.

The numbers tell the story: Since Pfizer received emergency approval for its COVID-19 vaccine in mid-December, quick efforts by USC have contributed to more than 800,000 people in Los Angeles getting inoculated.

“This moment calls for teamwork, and everyone is coming together to play their part,” said Vassilios Papadopoulos, dean of the USC School of Pharmacy. “Pharmacists and other front-line health care workers, first responders, local and state government, universities, nonprofit organizations and corporations — there is a true sense of collaboration.” And the results are resounding.