Vt. pharmacies get greenlight to give vaccines to kids

Published: Aug. 19, 2020 at 11:09 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 19, 2020 at 4:41 PM EDT
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Pharmacists in all 50 states will be able to give vaccines to kids this fall under a new federal directive.

The head of the Department of Health and Human Services made the decision as part of the emergency powers he has during the U.S. coronavirus epidemic. It temporarily preempts pharmacy restrictions in 22 states.

Right now in Vermont, only adults can get vaccinations from a pharmacist. Public health officials have been worried that vaccination rates would fall because doctors’ offices were closed by the pandemic.

Wednesday afternoon, the American Academy of Pediatrics called the move “incredibly misguided,” saying kids need to their pediatricians to get optimal medical care.

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