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Florida House Advances Measure to Expand Vaccine Administration

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FEBRUARY 17, 2022
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In an Effort to Codify Present Vaccine Administration Practices in Florida, HB 1209 Advances to House Floor

Tallahassee, FL – House Bill 1209 passed the Florida House Health & Human Services Committee today in an 18-1 vote. The legislation aims to codify the current practice regarding vaccinations throughout retail pharmacies in Florida. 

“Our Florida pharmacies and their certified team members have served our Florida communities through and beyond the pandemic," said Scott Shalley, president and CEO of the Florida Retail Federation. "This legislation will support current efforts to expand healthcare in Florida through the hard work of Florida pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy interns. We are thankful for the support of the Florida legislature to allow Florida pharmacies to continue to serve those in need."

HB 1209 amends portions of current state statutes from the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Act. 

Currently, under the PREP Act, registered pharmacy technicians are authorized to administer vaccines. Pharmacy technicians undergo rigorous training per guidelines issued by the Department of Health and Human Services and approved by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. 

HB 1209 authorizes registered pharmacy technicians to continue to administer specified vaccines to those aged 18 years or older.

"Registered pharmacy technicians are currently administering vaccines under the PREP Act, said Representative Kaylee Tuck. "This bill mirrors the current training requirements of the PREP Act by requiring six hours of immunization-related training approved by the Florida Board of Pharmacy and two additional hours of continuing training. This bill for the purpose of what it was brought for is access to healthcare. As a rural representative, I see this every day in my backyard and hometown."

Grace Lovett, Vice President of Government Affairs of the Florida Retail Federation, testified in support of this legislation. 

"We do strongly support this bill," shared Lovett. "I think it recognizes all the great work that the pharmacies have done during this emergency."

The FRF supports legislation that will codify Florida registered pharmacy technicians to continue the administration of vaccines to individuals aged 18 or older under the supervision of an immunizing pharmacist in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) immunization schedules.

HB 1209 will now advance to the Florida House floor.

ABOUT THE FLORIDA RETAIL FEDERATION
The Florida Retail Federation is the statewide trade association representing retailers -- the businesses that sell directly to consumers. Florida retailers provide one out of every five jobs in the state, pay more than $49 billion in wages annually, and collect and remit more than $20 billion in sales taxes for Florida’s government each year. 

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