Avishai Sadan, dean of the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC, receives the first dose of his COVID-19 vaccination from Guadalupe Felix. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)


COVID-19 vaccinations come to the University Park Campus

After vaccinating thousands of people on the Health Sciences Campus, the university now turns to at-risk students, faculty and staff on its other campus.

January 12, 2021 Jeremy Pepper

With more than 4,500 COVID-19 vaccinations completed at the Health Sciences Campus, USC vaccinations at the University Park Campus began Monday. These vaccinations focus on the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC.

As part of phase 1A of the vaccination rollout, health professional students, faculty and staff who are in direct contact with patients or collect specimens have been invited to sign up for their vaccinations at the Lyon Center. Other units included in this phase are the Keck School of Medicine of USC and the USC School of Pharmacy.

Dental faculty, students and staff were invited as the first group to be vaccinated on the University Park Campus. Dean Avishai Sadan and Associate Dean Douglas Solow were on hand to support their students as they were vaccinated. The Ostrow School also actively assisted with the proceedings, sending dozens of dental students to help prepare the vaccines in the USC Student Health immunization clinic and pitch in at the vaccine site.

“USC is actively vaccinating in 1A on both campuses. Once we have permission from the county to move to 1B, we are ready to do that as well,” said Sarah Van Orman, chief health officer of USC Student Health.

“Our direct health care providers — the students, faculty and staff — make up about 9,000 people in 1A, and we are working to get those people their vaccinations.”