|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.
In the 2017-2018 legislative session, PPA is advocating for a change in 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
Senator Thomas McGarrigle (R - 26th District) circulated a memorandum on March 2, 2017 asking for co-sponsors on a bill he intends to introduce that would expand pharmacist-provided immunization opportunities. Click here to view this co-sponsorship memorandum.
Representative Seth Grove (R - 196th District) circulated a memorandum on March 22, 2017 asking for co-sponsors on a bill he intends to introduce that would expand pharmacist-provided immunization opportunities. Click here to view this co-sponsorship memorandum.
For questions, please contact Jeff Stuby.