That’s how many virus-fighting shots had gone into arms at the city of Los Angeles’ public vaccine sites by mid-April. Behind each dose in this milestone stood an army of dedicated health care providers from government agencies, nonprofits, community groups, the USC School of Pharmacy and the Keck School of Medicine of USC. And they’re still going strong. They’re the driving force behind one of the country’s largest mass vaccination efforts and part of the largest public health response in modern medicine.
USC’s pharmacists and health care workers have been on the ground since the start, helping launch vaccination sites at Lincoln Park, Dodger Stadium, USC and beyond. Their pop-up clinics brought the vaccine to Los Angeles Football Club matches and SpaceX headquarters. More than half of L.A.’s first 1 million doses were delivered at sites administered by USC. Providers also have taken vaccines directly to those most at risk.
As of June 1, more than 755,000 people have received a dose at city sites staffed by USC health workers, and the critical public health effort continues. Health officials are redoubling efforts to encourage the unvaccinated to book an appointment online or walk in at any site for their shot.
Here is an inside look at how they do it, one shot at a time.
Special Delivery: USC Receives its First Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine
The first doses of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine arrive at Keck Medicine of USC. (Video/Courtesy of Keck Medicine of USC)
Fill Up: USC Health Workers Prepare Vaccine Shots
Richard Dang, an assistant professor of clinical pharmacy at the USC School of Pharmacy, helped launch and oversee vaccination sites at Lincoln Park, Dodger Stadium and other locations in Los Angeles. (Photo/Linda Wang)
Drive-Through Service: USC Experts Help Out at Mass Vaccination Site
Drivers enter a site staffed by USC pharmacists and other volunteer experts at Dodger Stadium to receive COVID-19 vaccines. (Photo/Ryan Young/The New York Times/Redux)
Glamour Shots: USC Vaccination Clinic Draws Celebrities
From left, Arsenio Hall, Danny Trejo and Magic Johnson got vaccinated at the USC University Park Campus. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)
House Call: USC Doctor Brings Vaccines to Patients at Home
Keck Medicine of USC physician Laura Mosqueda delivered the COVID-19 vaccine to elderly patients in South Los Angeles and L.A. County suburbs such as Pasadena and Rowland Heights. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)
Cold Storage: Health Workers Keep Vaccines Cool Until Needed
Vaccine doses had to be kept at a carefully monitored temperature until they could be delivered to patients. (Video/Courtesy of Keck Medicine of USC)
Road Work: Street Medicine Team Delivers Vaccines to Homeless Residents
USC’s street medicine team brought the COVID-19 vaccine to people without housing in Southern California. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)
Team Effort: USC Experts Help with Vaccination Drives in Los Angeles