Students helped at Hawai‘i Department of Health-coordinated vaccination sites over winter break, and many continue to volunteer during spring rotation blocks this semester.
Faculty and students from the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo’s pharmacy college have been volunteering to help at various vaccination sites on O‘ahu and Hawai‘i Island over the past six weeks.
Many of the students helped at Hawai‘i Department of Health-coordinated vaccination sites over winter break, and many continue to volunteer during spring rotation blocks this semester.
“It’s great real-world work experience for the students, and it helps to demonstrate the value our profession brings in serving our communities during these challenging times,” says Nicole Young, an assistant professor of pharmacy practice at the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy who helped facilitate student involvement on O‘ahu.
On Hawai‘i Island, student pharmacists are helping at vaccination sites in Hilo.
Students and faculty members are providing valuable services at these sites, preparing vaccine syringes by drawing doses from the multi-dose vials, performing vaccinations, helping with registration, helping to manage vaccine counts and thawing, and monitoring people post-vaccination, says Young.