New Jersey children could soon get all vaccines at pharmacies

A growing number of pharmacies in New Jersey are offering influenza shots, and soon their role as a health care provider could be expanded even more. State Sen. Pat Diegnan (D-Middlesex) is sponsoring a measure that would expand the authority of pharmacists to administer all common vaccines.

A growing number of pharmacies in New Jersey are offering influenza shots, and soon their role as a health care provider could be expanded even more. State Sen. Pat Diegnan (D-Middlesex) is sponsoring a measure that would expand the authority of pharmacists to administer all common vaccines. The bill stipulates pharmacists would be allowed to initiate and administer to patients aged 3 years and older any vaccine that is recommended by CDC for children between age 3 and 18 years, with the permission of a parent. The legislation would also permit a pharmacist or a pharmacy intern to give an influenza vaccine to a patient who is aged 10 years old and older, with the permission of a parent. Adults could get vaccines as well. Diegnan notes if a pharmacist intern administers a vaccine, he or she would need to be under the supervision of the pharmacist. He says allowing pharmacists to expand their role in providing vaccinations will encourage people to get the vaccinations they need to stay healthy. The measure, which is being considered by Senate Health committee, could be voted on by the end of the year.