I found myself as a new pharmacist when COVID-19 started back in March 2020. In the last year, I have had to step up during this pandemic. As a community pharmacist, I found myself learning how to conduct a COVID-19 nasal swab which is something I never thought I would have been doing while in school. I had to quickly adapt with the changing world and provide a different level of care to my patients, taking into account social distancing and providing education to patients who looked to their trusted pharmacists to help them navigate this pandemic. I now see pharmacists stepping up to provide COVID-19 vaccines to help the greater community and work towards everyone having access to the vaccine to protect themselves and those around them. Pharmacists have really shown themselves to be accessible to the community. When many doctors offices were closed and providing virtual care, pharmacists continued to stay open and available to the community. I am impressed with how many members of the pharmacy community have stepped up to provide optimal patient care by going the extra mile.
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