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Trends and Disparities in the Utilization of Influenza Vaccines Among Commercially Insured US Adults During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Researchers attempted tp under how COVID-19 affected influenza vaccine utilization and disparities.
Did Prioritizing Essential Workers Help to Achieve Racial/Ethnic Equity in Early COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution? The LA Pandemic Surveillance Cohort Study
Most US states and counties prioritized essential workers for early access to COVID-19 vaccines due to their heightened occupational risk. Racial/ethnic groups most impacted by COVID-19 are overrepresented among essential workers. This study estimates the effects of prioritizing essential workers on racial/ethnic equity in COVID-19 vaccination.
The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic and Policy Response on Health Care Utilization: Evidence From County-Level Medical Claims and Cellphone Data
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced federal, state, and local policymakers to respond by legislating, enacting, and enforcing social distancing policies.
COVID-19 Testing in Schools: Perspectives of School Administrators, Teachers, Parents, and Students in Southern California
School-based COVID-19 testing is a potential strategy to facilitate the safe reopening of schools that have been closed due to the pandemic. This qualitative study assessed attitudes toward this strategy among four groups of stakeholders: school administrators, teachers, parents, and high school students.
Shelter-in-Place Policies and Excess Mortality
Shelter-in-place policies were one of the most widely used policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. Neeraj Sood presented his research on the impact of these policies on excess mortality for a NBER research spotlight webinar.
Schaeffer Center experts now estimate the average person who has died has lost 13.5 years of life. The researchers find that the average years of life lost increased over the second year of the pandemic despite vaccines being widely available.Read Full Story
Funding for the COVID Initiative has been provided by the USC Office of the President, USC Office of the Provost, USC Lusk Center for Real Estate, Hilton Foundation, Jedel Family Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Office of Mayor Garcetti, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and various individual donors.