Immunization

NYSCHP supports legislation that would expand the scope of Pharmacists’ immunization authority to include all vaccines recommended by the CDC. Pharmacists can serve a key role as one of the most accessible health care professionals by providing access to Hepatitis A and B, varicella, human papilloma virus and measles, mumps, and rubella vaccines; currently, New York is one of the few states which does not allow this.

The authority for pharmacists to provide immunizations is set to sunset in July, 2020.

Immunization Authority Expansion to all CDC-recommended Vaccines (Fact Sheet)

NYSCHP supports legislation that would authorize pharmacy interns who have completed the same coursework and training as a licensed, certified pharmacist to administer vaccines to adults under the same terms applicable to licensed certified pharmacists. Pharmacy interns would have to be directly supervised by a licensed pharmacist.

Just as a Nurse learns how to administer immunizations as a trainee, Pharmacists should as well. New York is currently one of the few remaining states which does not allow Pharmacy interns to administer immunizations under the direct supervision of a licensed pharmacist.

Authorizing Pharmacy Interns to Administer Immunizations (Fact Sheet)
Memorandum of Support for Pharmacy Intern Immunization Bill by NYSCHP

In 2018, Governor Cuomo issued an executive order which allowed pharmacists to temporarily immunize patients aged 2 through 18 years old. Health Commission Dr. Howard Zucker subsequently signed a non-patient specific order for licensed pharmacists with a certificate of administration issued by the NYS Education Department to vaccinate patients between two years and eighteen years of age against seasonal influenza. This underscores the important role of the pharmacist in improving health care outcomes and reducing the morbidity and mortality associated with vaccine-preventable illnesses.

Governor Cuomo Executive Order

Non-Patient Specific Order for 2017-2018 Influenza (Aged 2-18) 

 

Contact the Vice President of Public Policy, Andrew Kaplan ([email protected]) for more information.