Local Pharmacists Can Now Give Kids Vaccines
The authorization, which went into effect Monday, August 24, comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and allows certain pharmacists at select locations to administer routine vaccines recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, thanks to a new federal directive designed to fight falling vaccination rates reported during the pandemic.
Previously, only 28 states permitted pharmacists to administer vaccines to children. Under the emergency authorization, pharmacists across the country will be able to order and administer the vaccines without a prescription from a doctor, the HHS confirmed.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), childhood vaccines typically administered in doctors’ offices have plummeted during the pandemic. Parents have also been concerned that a child’s checkup could potentially expose the family to the coronavirus, according to the CDC.
Now, as the school year kicks off, health officials want to ensure kids are properly immunized even if they aren’t heading back to the classroom in person.