Photo: Pharmacy student Mobolaji Giwa administers a vaccine.
A successful vaccination drive at the Islamic Society of Akron and Kent (ISAK) administered nearly 500 vaccines, thanks to the help of members of the NEOMED community.
The story starts with Khaled Adjerid, Ph.D., a postdoctoral research fellow at NEOMED who sits on the Islamic Society’s COVID-19 safety task force. When Dr. Adjerid realized that disinformation and lack of knowledge about COVID-19 could be hindering vaccination participation, he went into action.
The task force partnered with Summit County Public Health to host a vaccination drive on the ISAK congregation’s site in Cuyahoga Falls. To run it, Dr. Adjerid contacted a NEOMED colleague, Fady Abdlrasul, Pharm.D. (’14), to ask his help in rounding up volunteers, knowing that earlier this year, Dr. Abdlrasul – an assistant professor of pharmacy practice – had been instrumental in training College of Pharmacy students in vaccination practices.
Two Pharm.D. students with vaccinator certificates – fourth-year student Mobolaji Giwa and second-year student Hala Daghlas – joined the volunteer team of pharmacists, pharmacy techs and physicians.
Photo: Among those receiving a vaccine at a recent COVID-19 clinic was Mohammad Yunus Ansari, Ph.D., a research assistant professor in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology.