The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services was issued guidance under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act to expand access to safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines when they are made available, according to the U.S. Surgeon General.
Surgeon General Jerome Adams said the guidance authorized state-licensed pharmacists to order and administer COVID-19 vaccinations to persons 3 years and older. State-licensed or registered pharmacy interns under the supervision of a qualified pharmacist were also granted authorization.
"This action builds upon our administration's progress toward delivering a safe, effective, and widely available vaccine by 2021," said Assistant Secretary for Health ADM Brett P. Giroir, M.D. "Allowing pharmacists to order and administer COVID-19 vaccines will greatly expand convenient access for the American people."
Here are a few of the requirements:
Earlier this month HHS said there were concerns over children missing out on doctors' visits due to COVID-19. The American Academy of Pediatrics called that decision "incredibly misguided," saying children would not get the same level of care they would from their pediatrician and that doctors' offices are open and safe.