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March 15, 2021

HHS Amends PREP Act to Expand the List of Authorized Vaccinators

As the supply of COVID-19 vaccines in the U.S. increases, the Biden administration has announced that it is taking steps to increase the number of vaccinators authorized to administer the vaccine. Specifically, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has amended regulations under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP) to permit new groups of healthcare personnel to "prescribe, dispense, and administer COVID-19 vaccines anywhere in the country."

Newly authorized vaccinators under the amendment include: Dentists, Emergency Medical Technicians (Advanced and Intermediate EMTs), Midwives, Optometrists, Paramedics, Physician Assistants, Podiatrists, Respiratory Therapists, and Veterinarians. Additionally, the amendment authorizes recently retired members of these professions to administer the vaccine if they were “in good standing” when their license expired. "Medical students, nursing students, and students of the other eligible health care professions with proper training and professional supervision" are also permitted to administer the vaccine under the amendment.

To help healthcare workers determine whether they are eligible to administer the COVID-19 vaccine under federal law, the Biden administration has launched its own online portal.

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