LAWRENCE — For its active role in countywide COVID-19 vaccine clinics, the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy has been honored with the Healthier Together Award from Lawrence Douglas County Public Health. KU Pharmacy students, alumni and faculty helped administer more than 50,000 vaccines in the past year in Douglas County and thousands more across the state.
“We will always be grateful to the KU School of Pharmacy as a shining example of the groundswell of community support that enabled our drive-through clinics to vaccinate tens of thousands of people in just a few months. It was humbling to witness their early and persistent presence. Their contribution to our success cannot be overstated,” said LDCPH Director Dan Partridge.
With the award comes a $200 check that is being donated to the KU Medical Center’s JayDoc Free Clinic, where KU Pharmacy students and faculty frequently volunteer. Associate Dean Joe Heidrick accepted the award on behalf of the School of Pharmacy.
“We are so proud to accept this award on behalf of the many School of Pharmacy students, alums and faculty members who volunteered their time to help keep our fellow Kansans healthy during the pandemic,” Heidrick said. “The School of Pharmacy has a long history of serving the community and giving students practical experience as they train to serve the needs of their future communities.”