PA 10-82—HB 5290

Public Health Committee

General Law Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING THE ADMINISTRATION OF VACCINES BY LICENSED PHARMACISTS

SUMMARY: This act expands the authority of licensed pharmacists to administer vaccines to adults. Under existing law, pharmacists may administer flu vaccine to adults; the act allows them also to administer federally approved vaccines for the prevention of (1) invasive pneumococcal disease and (2) herpes zoster (shingles) and its after effects.

As under existing law, pharmacists must administer the vaccine according to a licensed health care provider's order and Department of Consumer Protection regulations. By law, these regulations must require that pharmacists administering flu vaccine complete an immunization training course. The act expands this training requirement to pharmacists administering any of the above vaccines.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2010

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