APhA-ASP Operation Immunization

Operation Immunization

Recognizing the need for education and increased opportunities to receive immunizations, the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) and the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) collaboratively developed Operation Immunization. This was the first service project of this magnitude in the history of APhA or SNPhA. This program is an immunization education campaign designed to increase the public's knowledge of immunizations while raising the number of adults and children receiving immunizations. Participants include all of the APhA-ASP chapters with the help of trained practitioners and other healthcare professionals trained and certified to give immunizations.

While Operation Immunization is designed to benefit the public, your college campus is a great place to begin raising immunization rates and increasing awareness. Currently, the American College of Physicians recommends that annual influenza vaccine should be required for every healthcare worker with direct patient activities. These vaccines can effectively be given throughout the year and will prevent more than 50,000 deaths alone. APhA-ASP encourages participants to continually increase community awareness of immunization information and advise patients on where they can obtain the proper immunizations year-round.

Operation Immunization National Liaison: Heather Faulkner (

Program Results

Operation Immunization was launched as an official APhA-ASP National Patient Care project in 1997. Since that time, over 1.4 million individuals have an immunization through the Operation Immunization campaign. The 2021-2022 campaign had the following results:

  • 123 chapters participated
  • 14,888 student pharmacists participated
  • 582 faculty and staff members participated
  • 792 pharmacists participated
  • 118,873 patients immunized
  • 54,673 patients immunized for COVID-19
  • 62,776 patients immunized for influenza
  • 47,166 patients received health and wellness services
  • 2,003,484 individuals reached through public relations initiatives

Operation Immunization Award Report & Recognition

APhA-ASP recognizes each chapter that implements an Operation Immunization program in their community. One Chapter from each of the eight APhA-ASP regions are recognized during Mid-Year Regional Meetings. In addition, the eight regional winners, along with one national winner, and two national runners-up are recognized during the APhA Annual Meeting & Exposition at the APhA-ASP Opening General Session and in Student Pharmacist magazine.


Recognition will be awarded to the top chapters nationally at the APhA Annual Meeting & Exposition. Chapters receive the following cash awards:

National Award Winning Chapter = $1,000
National 1st Runner-up = $750
National 2nd Runner-up = $500
Regional Award Winning Chapters - Regions 1-8 = $250 

Award Recipients

We are excited to announce the 2021-2022 Operation Immunization overall results.Join us in celebrating the 2021-2022 Operation Immunization National and Regional Award Recipients!

National Award Winner - The University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy

First Runner-Up Award - University of Southern California School of Pharmacy

Second Runner - Idaho State University College of Pharmacy

Region 1 – University at Buffalo the State University of New York School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Region 2 – University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy

Region 3 – Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy

Region 4 – University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy

Region 5 – Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions

Region 6 – University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy

Region 7 – Washington State University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Region 8 – The University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy

Report Submission

To be considered for regional and national awards for APhA-ASP Operation Immunization activities, chapters can complete an essay and submit a separate chronological list for the project events (e.g. Operation Immunization Chronological List) within the APhA-ASP Chapter Achievement Report form. Guidelines and information on the submission process can be found within the APhA-ASP Chapter Achievement Report information

Thank you to the Supporter

APhA-ASP Operation Immunization is supported by Walgreens.