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  • Ritu Shah

HHS Expands Access to Childhood Vaccines during COVID-19 Pandemic

Dear Pharmacists,

This information will be super helpful to state-licensed pharmacists allowing them to administer vaccines to individuals ages three through 18 years, subject to several requirements.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a third amendment - PDF* to the Declaration under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP Act) to increase access to lifesaving childhood vaccines and decrease the risk of vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks as children across the United States return to daycare, preschool and school.

"Today’s action means easier access to lifesaving vaccines for our children, as we seek to ensure immunization rates remain high during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said HHS Secretary Alex Azar. “The Trump Administration has worked to allow pharmacists—alongside all of America’s heroic healthcare workers—to practice at the top of their license, empowering the public with more options to protect their health and well-being.”

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