Pharmacists Now Allowed to Give Vaccinations to Children
Pharmacists across the U.S. can now qualify to administer vaccinations to children.
According to a press release from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, an amendment to the Declaration under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP) will allow qualified pharmacists in all 50 states to administer vaccinations for children.
"Today’s action means easier access to lifesaving vaccines for our children, as we seek to ensure immunization rates remain high during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said HHS Secretary Alex Azar. “The Trump Administration has worked to allow pharmacists—alongside all of America’s heroic healthcare workers—to practice at the top of their license, empowering the public with more options to protect their health and well-being.”
Health officials hope that providing more access to vaccines for children will help ease the burden during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, more than ever, it is crucial that we ensure every member of our family has access to the proper medical treatment.
Children under the age of three must still obtain vaccinations from a doctor. For children ages 3-18, pharmacists will no longer need a prescription from a doctor to administer a vaccine. Pharmacists will also be required to pass a practical training program.
Would you allow a pharmacist to administer a vaccine to your children or would you still prefer to visit the doctor?