News for Alumni

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Alumni team vaccinates people with developmental disabilities in COVID-19 vaccine pop up clinic

“Running these clinics was one of the best things I have done as a pharmacist during the pandemic.”

Angie Puim (Rx2011) and her sister Gina DiVizo (Rx2013) are Waterloo Pharmacy alumni and co-owners of Preston Medical Pharmacy in Cambridge. The pharmacy was founded by their father thirty-five years ago.

At Preston, they’ve built a partnership with Community Living Cambridge, an organization that supports people with development disabilities.

“We’ve provided medications for the Community Living Cambridge residences for the past thirty years,” Angie says. “In April, when it came time to vaccinate their residents and caregivers, they called us to help out.”

Monday, May 3, 2021

One year of COVID-19 in England: Alum Fatimah Jaffer shares experiences

Fatimah wearing a mask in the hospital

“We all have dark days,” says Fatimah Jaffer, an Rx2015 graduate who has worked as a hospital pharmacist in London since 2019. “A particularly difficult conversation with a patient's family, the news that one of your patients passed after a long struggle, or a hectic day on the wards is enough to leave you feeling defeated.”

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Pharmacy alumni and students support COVID-19 vaccination pilot in downtown Toronto pharmacies

Three pharmacists wearing masks and standing in the pharmacy

Tarun Fernandez (Rx2020), Elaine Tai (Rx2018), and Brittani Brown (Rx2022) supported the pilot sites

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Vaccine education at Pfizer

Gokul Pullagura sitting at computer in home office

PhD alumnus Gokul Raj Pullagura shares his experiences working as a vaccine educator on the first COVID-19 vaccine to be approved in Canada

There are many steps before the COVID-19 vaccine gets to your arm.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Pharmacy alumnus and students from Ottawa hospital help vaccination effort in long-term care homes

Valerie, Alicia, a pharmacy technician and Alex preparing vaccinations

Long-term care homes are among the hardest hit institutions in terms of COVID-19 infections in Canada. When vaccines began to arrive in Canada, long-term care (LTC) homes were consequently identified as a high priority for vaccination.

In Ottawa, the public health unit asked local hospitals to help with vaccine distribution to high-risk areas like LTC homes and retirement communities.

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