Touro University Nevada hosted the sixth week of Vax Nevada Days, a lottery drawing that awards Nevadans who get their COVID-19 vaccine with prizes.
Hosted by Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak on Aug. 12, the event was held inside the campus’ newly remodeled lobby. Approximately 50 guests attended the event, including winners, their families, local media, and Touro faculty and staff.
Shelley Berkley, Touro’s CEO and Senior Provost, began the program by commending Touro’s students and faculty for their ongoing efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic, including free screenings, testing, and continuous vaccinations. She thanked Gov. Sisolak for recognizing Touro as a leader on the COVID-19 frontlines and introduced him to those in attendance for the drawing.
Before announcing the weekly winners, Sisolak also commended Touro’s efforts on the COVID-19 frontlines. He lauded the university for taking the initiative to assist from the onset of the pandemic and continuing to keep the community safe by administering thousands of vaccines throughout the Las Vegas Valley.
“Touro was at the forefront during the very beginning of the pandemic,” he said.
Sisolak complimented Touro for creating 20,000 testing kits for the Southern Nevada Health District last summer, during a time when the community was severely lacking in adequate testing. Touro Advisory Board Member Michael Tang, who donated 200,000 surgical masks to the university when hospitals, medical offices, and others lacked proper personal protective equipment, was also in attendance for the event.
Sisolak thanked Tang for his incredible and timely donation, telling everyone that the state was forced to purchase PPE wherever it could because the need was so great.
Sisolak closed his opening remarks by telling those in attendance and those livestreaming the event, that Touro’s students provide a calming presence to those reluctant to get the vaccine.
“The vaccines you are giving out save lives,” he said. “On behalf of the more than 3 million people who call the great state of Nevada home, I want to thank you for that.”