APhA Hails HHS Announcement Authorizing Pharmacists to Administer COVID-19 Vaccines

WASHINGTON, Sept. 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today authorized pharmacists and pharmacist interns to order and administer COVID-19 vaccines that have been approved or licensed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to all individuals age 3 or older. Pharmacist interns must do so while acting under the supervision of qualified pharmacist.

"This is tremendous news," said Scott J. Knoer, MS, PharmD, FASHP, Executive Vice President and CEO of the American Pharmacists Association. "It properly recognizes that pharmacists serve a vital role in the nation's response to this pandemic. It increases patients' access to care during this emergency with providers whom they trust, at a time and place that is convenient to them."

The conditions are:

    --  The vaccine must be FDA-authorized or FDA-licensed.
    --  The vaccination must be ordered and administered according to the
        Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices' (ACIP) COVID-19 vaccine
    --  The licensed pharmacist must complete a practical training program of at
        least 20 hours that is approved by the Accreditation Council for
        Pharmacy Education (ACPE). This training program must include hands-on
        injection technique, clinical evaluation of indications and
        contraindications of vaccines, and the recognition and treatment of
        emergency reactions to vaccines.
    --  The licensed or registered pharmacy intern must complete a practical
        training program that is approved by the ACPE.
    --  The licensed pharmacist and licensed or registered pharmacy intern must
        have a current certificate in basic CPR.
    --  The licensed pharmacist must complete a minimum of two hours of
        ACPE-approved, immunization-related continuing pharmacy education during
        each state licensing period.
    --  The licensed pharmacist must comply with recordkeeping and reporting
        requirements of the jurisdiction in which he or she administers
        vaccines, including reviewing the vaccine registry or other vaccination
        records prior to administering a vaccine.
    --  The licensed pharmacist must, if the patient is 18 years of age or
        younger, inform the patient and the adult caregiver accompanying the
        patient of the importance of a well-child visit with a pediatrician or
        other licensed primary-care provider and refer patients as appropriate.
    --  The licensed pharmacist and the licensed or registered pharmacy intern
        must comply with any applicable requirements (or conditions of use) as
        set forth in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19
        vaccination provider agreement and any other federal requirements that
        apply to the administration of COVID-19 vaccine(s).
    --  The authorization preempts any state and local laws that prohibit or
        effectively prohibits those who satisfy these requirements from ordering
        or administering COVID-19 vaccines as set forth above. The authorization
        does not preempt state and local laws that permit additional individuals
        to administer COVID-19 vaccines to additional persons.

The full text of the announcement is available here.

About the American Pharmacists Association
The American Pharmacists Association is the largest association representing all of pharmacy, bringing together practicing pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists, student pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and others to support pharmacists' ability to deliver optimal patient care. For more information, please visit www.pharmacist.com.

View original content to download multimedia:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/apha-hails-hhs-announcement-authorizing-pharmacists-to-administer-covid-19-vaccines-301126753.html

SOURCE American Pharmacists Association