Pharmacy Faculty and Students Lend a Helping Hand for Local Vaccine Distribution

Less than 10 minutes. That’s how long it took for people to sign up for the latest shipment of 100 Johnson & Johnson vaccines being provided to the community by the Rootstown Community Pharmacy (RCP), with the help of faculty and students from the College of Pharmacy

So far, RCP has received three shipments of 100 vaccines provided by the State of Ohio. In each case, appointments have been booked shortly after the shipments were announced on RCP’s Facebook page.  

The lead pharmacist for the vaccine clinic is Kunal Amin, Pharm.D., R.Ph., director of clinical services for NEOvations RX and assistant professor of pharmacy practice, with support provided by Fady Abdlrasul, Pharm.D. (’14), director of pharmacy pipeline programs and assistant professor of pharmacy practice. 

Vaccine administration is powered by College of Pharmacy students. About 10 students attend each clinic and deliver all 100 doses in about 2 hours. 

Medical supervision is provided by Mary Massie-Story, M.D., clinical assistant professor of family and community medicine and associate director of the Integrated Pathway programs, and Erica Stovsky, M.D. (’07), assistant professor of internal medicine and director for Applications of Clinical Medicine.

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