2021 ‘Pharmacist Day’ highlights efforts to vaccinate community

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – Pharmacists play an important role in distributing the COVID-19 vaccine.

January 12th is ‘Pharmacist Day,’ and this year it’s recognizing pharmacists’ and technicians’ efforts throughout the pandemic.

Wisconsin is moving into its next phase of vaccinations, and it’s much earlier than originally expected thanks to the huge response from pharmacists and technicians to administer vaccines.

Mayo Clinic Health System said locally, a team of more than ten pharmacists are ready to immunize the community.

Another team is being assembled to prepare vaccine syringes for the immunization clinic.

One Mayo pharmacist said Tuesday it has been a difficult year, but she’s optimistic about the future.

“This year, with the vaccine rollout, there’s just a lot of hope that I don’t think was there before because we’ve all seen so many patients and loved ones and we’ve seen how the pandemic has affected us personally and at work,” said Stephanie Bellrichard, Pharm. D.

Bellrichard jumped into her job last summer, gaining a lot more experience than she expected right off the bat.