The U.S. now has a COVID-19 vaccine authorized for emergency use. This is welcome news, but vaccines don’t stop a virus; vaccination does. With millions of doses of the Pfizer vaccine en route to health systems around the country, the final phase of this nearly year-long effort is just beginning.

The University of California, San Francisco, is set to receive its first shipment of vaccines any day now. Desi Kotis, an associate dean and professor of pharmacy, is the person in charge of the vaccine rollout in one of California’s biggest health care systems. She explains her team’s step-by-step plan to get the most vulnerable people vaccinated as fast and as equitably as possible.

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