The company has been named the recipient of The 2022 American Pharmacists Association Immunization Champion Award, which recognizes individuals and organizations making extraordinary contributions toward improved vaccination rates within their communities.
The APhA Immunization Champion Award recognizes Kroger Health as being an organization that continuously advances the role of pharmacists as valued immunization administrators. It also recognizes Kroger Health's collaboration, coordination and communication with healthcare providers, public health organizations and others to address immunization barriers and administer the COVID-19 vaccine.
"It's undeniable that Kroger Health is one of America's leading healthcare organizations and we've taken on the responsibility to improve immunization rates across the country starting with our associates and patients," says Colleen Lindholz, president of Kroger Health. "On National Pharmacist Day, we dedicate this award to the nearly 22,000 frontline health care providers in our organization who have administered over 10 million COVID-19 vaccines to help people live healthier lives."
Over the past two years, Kroger Health has worked closely with the federal government, including the Biden Administration, and state health departments to provide COVID-19 tests and vaccines for all eligible persons across its 2,200 pharmacies and 220 clinics as quickly as they become available.
"I continue to be impressed by all that our pharmacy and TLC teams have been able to accomplish during the pandemic," says Rodney McMullen, chairman and CEO of The Kroger Co. "I am incredibly proud for all that they do to feed the human spirit, take care of our customers, communities, and one another."
Kroger Health said that it remains committed to changing the way health care is delivered in this country. Innovative technology solutions, creative approaches to vaccine hesitancy, and partnerships to combat transportation and food insecurity have made Kroger Health a leader on the frontline of the pandemic response.
Its team of pharmacists, technicians, nurse practitioners, physician's assistants, and dietitians are highly accessible, valued members of their communities who embody immunization champions, the company said.
Kroger Health will accept the 2022 APhA Immunization Champion Award in San Antonio, Texas in March.