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SB 51 - Immunization Expansion

The full bill and more information can be found here.


Adds the following immunizations to the list of immunizations that pharmacists may administer if certain conditions are met: (1) Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR); (2) Varicella; (3) Hepatitis A; (4) Hepatitis B; (5) Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib).  Allows a pharmacist to immunize an individual who is at least 50 years of age for pneumonia under a physician's protocol.  Requires a pharmacist to comply with the public health emergency consent requirements for immunizations administered during a public health emergency.  Authorizes a pharmacist to administer immunizations under a standing order, prescription, or protocol of the state health commissioner.


Relevance for Pharmacists:

Expansion from 7 to 12 immunizations pharmacists are able to provide means, wider coverage for those infections and a need to review administration and storage information for newly added immunizations (MMR, Varicella, HepA, HepB, & Hib).  Also includes new age requirements for pneumonia vaccines and permits access to immunization data to any entity that meets certain criteria.  Expect to see new standing orders.  Because most of these immunizations are given before age 11, patients receiving these vaccines will more than likely be on a "catch -up" schedule.

Effective Date: July 1st, 2017