New Bill Could Allow New York Pharmacies To Administer More Vaccines

  • Date: October 15, 2021

New Bill Could Allow New York Pharmacies To Administer More Vaccines 

One thing the Covid pandemic has proved is that pharmacies are a great way to get vaccines to people. With that being said, the state of New York is considering allowing pharmacies to administer more vaccines outside of the list of the current six now. 

Senate Bill S4807A, which is awaiting delivery and signature from the Governor, would authorize licensed pharmacists and certified nurse practitioners to provide immunizations that are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to patients eighteen years or older. If passed, the following vaccines will be available at pharmacies in New York.

  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Rubella
  • Varicella
  • COVID-19 

The ability for pharmacists to give out vaccines can have a tremendous impact on the population. The pandemic has tremendously skewed regular and routine vaccines schedules for children and adults since people were staying at home and avoiding regular doctor visits unless sick. 

Currently, New York State-licensed pharmacists, certified by the New York State Education Department (SED), can administer seasonal influenza to patients 2 years of age or older, and also pneumococcal, meningococcal, herpes zoster, and tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Td or Tdap) vaccines to persons 18 years of age and older. 

“We need to use every avenue possible to get vaccines to people,” said Angelo Angerame, CEO of Hudson Regional LTC Pharmacy. “Last year 3,000 people worldwide died from measles. If we don’t make sure everyone receives the measles vaccine, we could see an outbreak and it could get ugly.” 

Angerame also mentioned that if pharmacies were able to give out HPV vaccines, we could see a decrease in cancer rates. “To have a big enough impact like that is a big deal. One of the fastest-growing types of cancer caused by HPV is cancer of the throat. What HPV does is turn off your body’s ability to know when something is wrong, also known as apoptosis, which is programmed cell death. That can cause cancer. And prevention is as simple as giving out two shots in the arm,” said Angerame.

Immunization Education & Training

For any physicians, nurses, health educators, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals looking to further their education or enroll in vaccine training programs, the CDC offers a variety of topics and formats to participate in. All training programs are based on vaccine recommendations made by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice (ACIP). 

If you are a long-term care facility and your nursing staff have any vaccine questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our support line at 845 341-2714. We look forward to hearing from you.

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