A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC'S HEALTH BY INCREASING ACCESS TO IMMUNIZATIONS AND VACCINES THROUGH THE EXPANDED ROLE OF IMMUNIZING PHARMACISTS.
House committee substitute makes the following changes to the 1st edition.
Amends GS 90-85.15B, Immunizing pharmacists, providing that except as provided in subsection (b), an immunizing pharmacist can administer vaccinations or immunizations only if the vaccinations or immunizations are recommended or required by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and administered to persons at least 18 years old pursuant to a specific prescription order. Sets out the specific vaccinations or immunizations that can be administered and the written protocols and regulations that must be adhered to in the administering of the vaccinations or immunizations. Also provides that the pharmacist cannot administer specified tetanus- or pertussis-related shots if the patient discloses that he or she has an open wound, puncture, or tissue tear. Makes clarifying changes.
Deletes proposed changes to GS 130A-154(a).
Deletes Section 7 of the act, which specified the rule that governs the administration of the flu, pneumococcal and zoster vaccines by an immunizing pharmacist.
Directs specified special interest groups to cooperate and collaborate on recommending minimum standards for screening questionnaires and safety procedures for written protocols for the administration of vaccinations or immunizations under GS 90-85.15B(b). Sets outs the procedures and different time requirements for completing such.
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