As of early March in the United States, nearly 100 million COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed and more than three quarters of these doses have been administered. Across the country, institutions of higher education are doing their part to develop efficient and equitable protocols for vaccine distribution and to ensure that the most vulnerable residents receive shots. Vaccine distribution is essential to begin recovering from the devastation the COVID-19 pandemic has caused around the globe.

Higher education institutions are using their physical and human resources to take several important steps related to vaccine distribution. These include: developing partnerships with local and federal partners, creating opportunities for their own students to assist with logistics, and continuing to research and provide outreach to local communities. These steps seek to not only ensure that we are getting shots in arms as quickly as possible, but they will create tangible professional experiences for students, ease some concerns regarding lack of trust of the vaccine, and most importantly prevent illnesses and deaths of this disease that has impacted nearly everyone in one way or another.

We are proud to share examples from across the CUMU membership of newly developed partnerships, outreach strategies, and strategies to get residents vaccinated. We will update this story with more examples as they develop.

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Distribution/logistics (shots in arms)

Community outreach and public health

Research in developing vaccines/effectiveness/side effects, etc

Partnerships with students and the broader community

Featured photo: Aerial view of the drive-thru appointment site of the community vaccination center at Cal State LA as vehicles begin to pull up. (Credit: J. Emilio Flores/Cal State LA)