Federal Statute and Guidance | Covid-19 | Oct 27, 2020
HHS Takes Action to Further Expand Access to Vaccines, COVID-19 Tests
Under the PREP Act, HHS previously authorized pharmacists to order and administer CDC-recommended pediatric vaccines and COVID 19 vaccines, as well as COVID 19 tests. The October 20 guidance extends a similar authority to pharmacy interns and pharmacy technicians, allowing them to administer pediatric and COVID 19 vaccines under pharmacist supervision, and also to administer COVID 19 tests, subject to meeting certain requirements. The guidance lays out different considerations that may apply depending on a given state’s approach to licensing or otherwise regulating pharmacy interns and technicians.