|Expanding Immunization Opportunities|
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.
These bills will 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
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.
For questions, please contact Jeff Stuby.