2022 Incentive Grant Recipient: Jennifer Um, PharmD
Project Proposal: Pharmacists as Childhood Vaccinators: A Qualitative Thematic Analysis
Jennifer Um, PharmD currently serves as the PGY1 Community Pharmacy Resident at Kroger Pharmacy
and The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. She is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy.
As a result of the dramatic decrease in childhood vaccination rates due to the COVID-19 pandemic, pharmacists have been given the ability to vaccinate children ages 3 years and up. Despite having given vaccinations to patients and being known in the community for these services for years, many pharmacists still feel uneasy about administering vaccines to such young patients.
"I am excited for this opportunity to explore the experiences of our community pharmacists and to identify areas in which we can better equip our pharmacists to be more confident in administering
vaccinations to young children. My hope is that the identification of pharmacist perceived barriers will be useful in overcoming hesitancies that pharmacists may possess and will contribute to ensuring that pharmacists become active players in addressing this public health threat."