A bill that just passed in the Senate will allow pharmacists to administer injections to individuals between the ages of 9 and 18.
The injections cannot be administered by a pharmacist without parental consent.
“Because with H1N1, we saw that pharmacists could play a role in helping to vaccinate the population, but we were very limited in only assisting with the adult clinics,” Orr said.
Those opposed to the bill, however, question if local pharmacists should even administer injections to young people.
Orr says state pharmacists undergo extensive training.
“There’s a 20-hour training program done by the American Pharmacists Association which includes a practice where the pharmacist has to inject his partner with saline, so they have practiced and they’ve demonstrated proficiency in injecting vaccinations,” she said.
“We want to provide access to vaccines,” she said.
The bill heads to the House. If it is approved, it will go to the Board of Pharmacies for review.