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HHS Expands Pharmacist Vaccination Scope During COVID-19 Pandemic

Wednesday, August 19, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jenny Arnold
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HHS Expands Access to Childhood Vaccines during COVID-19 Pandemic

Today HHS expanded their PREP Emergency Declaration to permit pharmacists across the country to vaccinate children 3-18 years of age. There are a number of stipulations with this authority that should be reviewed. There are a few notes from WSPA's initial read of the declaration:
  • This declaration applies to patients 3-18 years old. A CDTA will still be required for adult immunizations. However this consistent age limit will help with patient communications. 
  • Pharmacists are required to have a 20 hr CE training. WSPA's training is 17 hours, however we will be publishing a brief update that will explore childhood immunizations in more details, as well as injection tips and tricks for kids and an update of adult immunizations - stay tuned!
  • Interns working under the delegation of a pharmacist were included in the declaration, provided they have received training.
  • A 2 hour CE refresher is required each licensing renewal cycle. The WSPA training mentioned above will meet this requirement. 
  • Some insurance companies require patients to get vaccines at sites that provide vaccines through the at sites that offer vaccines from the Washington Childhood Vaccine Program, and others will pay for vaccines at any location, including pharmacies. The Washington State Childhood Vaccine Program works in conjunction with the CDC's Vaccines for Children Program to purchase vaccine for all Washington's children and distribute them at no cost to enrolled providers to administer. Most pharmacies are not enrolled in this program, but are welcome to join! Providers can bill for administration.  If you are interested in enrolling your pharmacy in the Vaccines for Adults program, please contact Jenny Arnold jenny@wsparx.org to be connected. 
  • The ability of technicians to administer vaccines was also mentioned in the full declaration. 

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9/29/2020
Webinar: COVID-19 and What You can Do For Your Immune System (and Your Patients)

9/30/2020
Webinar: A Breath of Fresh Air in CF Care: Updates in Treatment and Role of Pharmacy in Care Center

10/2/2020
WSPA Ambulatory Care Academy Meeting-Virtual

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