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Expanding Immunization Opportunities

 

Summary

Act 8 of 2015 lowered the age pharmacists can provide the flu vaccine to patients nine years of age and older, with parental consent. It also established that licensed pharmacy interns are permitted to administer immunizations under the direct supervision of a pharmacist who possesses an immunization license.

 

Click here for more information on Act 8 of 2015.

 

These bills would change Pennsylvania law to permit pharmacists to provide all immunizations to patients nine years of age and older.

 

 

Why PPA Supports

Currently in Pennsylvania, there are approximately 9,500 certified pharmacist immunizers available to safely and conveniently administer vaccinations.

 

The public's unique access to pharmacists - including extended hours of operation and weekend availability, coupled with being a trusted health care professional - places pharmacies in an ideal position to have a major impact on reducing vaccine-preventable illness.

 

 

Bill Number and Prime Sponsor

House Bill 1089 - sponsored by Representative Seth Grove (R-196)

 

Senate Bill 626 - sponsored by Senator Thomas McGarrigle (R-26)

 

 

Status

House Bill 1089 was introduced on April 7, 2017 and was referred to the House Health Committee where it awaits consideration.

 

Senate Bill 626 was introduced on April 18, 2017 and was referred to the Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee where it awaits consideration.

 

 

Issue Briefs

Click here for an issue brief on House Bill 1089. 

 

Click here for an issue brief on Senate Bill 626.

 

 

Resources

APhA's Immunization Center

 

 

Take Action

Urge your state legislators to support legislation expanding immunization capabilities in PA by clicking here!

 

 

 

For questions, please contact Jeff Stuby.

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