Posted on: October 19, 2020
Alumni and students from the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy recently took part in SC Counts, a statewide day of service held across 25 counties in South Carolina. The event, a collaborative effort supported by the South Carolina Association of Counties, SC Census 2020 and South Carolina Women in Leadership, among others, offered comprehensive services for free, including COVID-19 testing, voter registration, census taking and flu vaccines, to underserved areas of the state.
College of Pharmacy alumni, faculty and students volunteered their time to administer 150 flu vaccinations that were provided in part by Nephron Pharmaceuticals. Remaining vaccines were donated to local free medical clinics.
Faculty and alumni participating included Patti Fabel, Pharm.D., executive director for the Kennedy Pharmacy Innovation Center; P. Brandon Bookstaver, 2004 Pharm.D., director of Residency and Fellowship Training; Amanda McInnis, 2013 Pharm.D.; Tuangporn Sittisuntorn, 2015 Pharm.D.; and Molly Dougall, Pharm.D., pharmacy residency preceptor at Prisma Health-Richland. It was a family affair for the Bookstavers, as his wife, Nicole Bookstaver, 2009 Pharm.D., adjunct faculty, his father, Paul Bookstaver, 1974 B.S., R.Ph., and his mother, Debra Bookstaver, RN, an alumnus of USC-Aiken, also joined in the initiative.
I want to thank everyone for serving their community through the profession of pharmacy.
P. Brandon Bookstaver, Pharm.D. Associate Professor and Director, Residency and Fellowship Training
Students also participated and gained experience in providing vaccinations. "22 students, mostly from the UofSC College of Pharmacy, had a good experience, and for some it was their first opportunity to do this live after receiving immunization training,” Bookstaver says.
Bookstaver is grateful for those who helped support the event. “I want to thank everyone for serving their community through the profession of pharmacy,” he added.