More than 400 COVID-19 vaccines were administered at the university on Jan. 17, as students from the College of Health and Human Services and the College of Osteopathic Medicine participated in the event together as part of COVID-19 “strike teams.”
“This was an incredible learning opportunity for our students to be at the forefront of this significant moment,” said Dr. Phil Tobin, Director of the School of Physician Assistant Studies. “From the onset of the pandemic, our students have been eager to get out there and help in any way they could. This event brought students from all programs together. They are united against a common issue and are forming close bonds. As we look to round the corner of COVID-19, they can say that they had a direct impact in getting this virus under control.”
Students and faculty volunteers vaccinated those in the Tier 1 category, including those who are at least 70 years old, in addition to Touro’s clinical students and faculty. In total, 425 vaccines were administered.
“This pandemic has been devastating for so many people around the world, but our students have always been willing and able to use their experience and education to improve the situation,” said Dr. Wolfgang Gilliar, Dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine. “I am so grateful to see our students collaborating for the common good. This vaccine is a symbol of hope for those who have been looking for something to give them hope. Once again, our wonderful students demonstrate that keeping the flame of optimism alive is a key charge to being a good physician and healthcare provider.”