As the country receives welcome news of more available COVID-19 vaccines, Touro University Nevada’s students continue to do their part by administering thousands of vaccines throughout the Las Vegas Valley.
The university’s students and faculty have provided more than 10,000 vaccines across Southern Nevada.
In addition to the campus’s four major vaccination events, students from the College of Osteopathic Medicine and School of Physician Assistant Studies are delivering vaccines to an array of Southern Nevada residents, including to those at Catholic Charities, Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, Sun City Anthem, the Nevada Homeless Alliance event at Lutheran Services of Nevada, and more.
Aaron Storey, a student in the School of Physician Assistant Studies who recently administered vaccines at Catholic Charities and Lutheran Services of Nevada, said he has been inspired by the university’s collective effort in directly working to make life easier for so many people during the pandemic.
“All of the collective hours that Touro Nevada’s staff, faculty, and student body has put into vaccinating for this pandemic has been completely voluntary,” he said. “This is extra time on top of full work weeks, full time studying, children at home, and many other obligations people have. It has been remarkable to see the selfless service and love people are going out and putting forth to the community.”
Hundreds of students have already volunteered to assist in the vaccination efforts, which have led to thousands of Southern Nevadans receiving their COVID-19 vaccine.
“Volunteering to help vaccinate the senior populations of Sun City reminded me why I chose this field,” said Ellie Ok, a second-year student in the College of Osteopathic Medicine. “I felt honored and grateful to deliver vaccines and to help move us another step forward in the fight against COVID-19.”
Samantha Yin, another second-year student in the College of Osteopathic Medicine, helped administer vaccines at the Tzu Chi Foundation in Las Vegas. At Tzu Chi, students from the College of Osteopathic Medicine and the School of Physician Assistant Studies worked together to translate information and comfort the elderly Asian populations who were receiving their vaccine.
“Without our help translating the forms and explaining more about the vaccine, they wouldn’t feel as comfortable getting the vaccine,” Yin said. “This was such a great reminder that it is so important, as future healthcare providers, to use our own skills where we can to help support our community members.”