The CU School of Pharmacy is used to stepping up to a challenge, and during the COVID-19 pandemic, our students, faculty, and alumni are answering the call to help vaccinate as many Americans as quickly as possible. This page is dedicated to those efforts and the unsung heroes behind the masks and the white coats.
Beginning January 15, and running throughout the spring semester, pharmacy students are competing to see who can give the most COVID-19 vaccinations. Some students are P4s on hospital rotations, some students are P1s vaccinating for the first time, but all are future pharmacists who understand the critical role that they are playing to eradicate the COVID-19 virus.
Totals will be updated every Friday, so check back often to see who is in the lead.
At the beginning of the semester, CUPharmacy challenged students to get extracurricular experience in working with vaccine distribution. Through the end of March, students have helped to administer more than 26,000 doses.
The office of experiential programs launched a campaign and competition for pharmacy students to see who could give the most vaccines by the end of the semester as a result of the historic demand for vaccinators. P4, Jase Archer has already stepped up and administered over 500 vaccines through his internship with Safeway Pharmacy.
The VA is one of four hospitals on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus where students gain hands-on experience. This TV news story highlights the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine trial going on at the VA in which our own P4 Eric Hartsfield is working as an intern as part of his Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE).
The Native American population is one of the most at-risk groups for COVID-19. So, when it was time for tribal elders to get some of the first vaccines in their community, CU Pharmacy was ready to help. Faculty and students helped vaccinate more than 100 high-risk individuals at the Denver Indian Health and Family Services Clinic.
Pharmacists are some of the most trusted medical professionals. They’re also some of the most available. This combination is making them a key part in not just giving the vaccine, but in also educating those populations who might be hesitant to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Last semester students started rolling up their sleeves (and others’) to prep for the COVID-19 vaccine campaign. Faculty prioritized training and volunteering in answer to the pandemic’s rising demand for vaccinators.
Months before the vaccine was available, the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) authorized state-licensed pharmacists to order and administer COVID-19 vaccinations. "This action properly recognizes that pharmacists serve a vital role in the nation's response to this pandemic,” said Scott J. Knoer, PharmD, executive vice president and CEO of APhA.