Vaccine Heroes

USC employee is taking vaccine.

We’d like to celebrate and recognize some of the USC faculty and staff who have received their COVID-19 vaccine – our Vaccine Heroes – by sharing their personal reasons for why. Take a look below and if you want to share your “why” with others, send it to along with your vaccination photo, for a chance to be included here as well.

The COVID-19 vaccines that are available are a crucial part of coming closer to the end of the pandemic. We encourage all USC employees to sign up for a vaccine through Appointments are also available through the City of Los Angeles website. New appointments are added regularly as vaccine supplies become available.

Visit the We are SC site for comprehensive information on USC’s COVID-19 response.

“I chose to get vaccinated to protect my family, patients and myself.”

Eddie Monroy and Daniel Salinas, Clinical Instructors in Physical Therapy (Photo credit: Photo/BKNPT)

Daniel Salinas: To protect my family and my patients and to take a small step towards a return to normal life.”

Eddie Monroy: I choose to be vaccinated to protect myself and others. Also, to demonstrate to others that it’s safe and to trust the incredible scientific breakthrough that it is.”

Alma Burke, Assistant Chief of Field Operations in the Department of Public Safety

“I made the decision to take the vaccine largely in part because I have elderly parents. I personally lost my grandfather and my uncle to COVID.”

Avishai Sadan, Dean of the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

“Getting vaccinated was not only necessary to keep me and my family safe and healthy but, more importantly, I wanted to do my part to protect others and help us all get back to some semblance of normalcy. Please consider doing your part, too!”