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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 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: Jacob Noble (noble294@d.umn.edu)

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 2020-2021 campaign had the following results:

  • 124 chapters participated
  • 13,884 student pharmacists participated
  • 1,716 faculty and staff members participated
  • 2,158 pharmacists participated
  • 1,286,161 patients immunized
  • 1,162,288 patients immunized for COVID-19
  • 82,318 patients immunized for influenza
  • 1,123,049 patients received health and wellness services
  • 21,626,012 individuals reached through public relations initiatives

Operation Heart 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

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 2020-2021 Overall National Patient Care Project Results.Join us in celebrating the 2020-2021 Operation Immunization National and Regional Award Recipients!

National Award Winner - Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy

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

Second Runner-Up Award University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy

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

Region 2 – Howard University College of Pharmacy

Region 3 – The University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy

Region 4 – University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy

Region 5 – University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Pharmacy

Region 6 – The University of Kansas School of Pharmacy

Region 7 – Idaho State University College of Pharmacy

Region 8 – Loma Linda University School 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.

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