Allows pharmacists and interns to administer flu and COVID-19 Vaccines to children 5 and older with parental consent, requires reporting to registry

State: PA
Bill Number: HB 2679
Position: OPPOSE
Action Required: None
Status: Enacted, signed by governor 4/21/2022 and effective 7/11/2022

Legislation Details:

UPDATE: 7/11/2022 - HB 2679 signed by the Governor and effective. 

UPDATE: 7/8/2022 - HB 2679 presented to the Governor. Please contact Governor Wolf's office and ask him to veto HB 2679. 

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UPDATE: 7/7/2022 - HB 2679 passed the Senate in a 46-4 vote

UPDATE: 7/6/2022 - HB 2679 passed  the Senate Appropriations Committee in a 24-0 vote.

UPDATE:  7/6/2022 - HB 2679 is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday, July 6th in the Senate Chamber. Click here for more information.

UPDATE: 6/29/2022 - Following 2nd consideration, HB 2679 was re-referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

UPDATE: 6/28/2022 - HB 2679 passed the Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee in a 13-0 vote, with 1 not voting.

UPDATE:  6/28/2022 - HB 2679 referred to the Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee.

UPDATE: 6/27/2022 - HB 2679 passed the House Appropriations Committee in a 37-0 vote. It then passed the whole House in a 170-30 vote.

UPDATE: 6/22/2022 - Following 2nd consideration, HB 2679 was recommitted to the House Appropriations Committee

HB 2679 passed the House Professional Licensure Committee on 6/20/2022 and was scheduled for 2nd consideration in the House on 6/22/2022. This bill has multiple sponsors. 

This bill would allow pharmacists and pharmacy interns under direct supervision of a pharmacist or physician to administer flu and COVID-19 Vaccines to children 5 and older.  Current law only allows the administration of flu vaccines to children 9 and older.  The bill also adds a new section that requires the pharmacist to report the vaccine to the immunization registry maintained by the health department within 72 hours.  Consent is not required for the reporting to the registry. 

While current law and HB 2679 do require parental consent before minors can be administered vaccines, NVIC Advocacy is still opposed to the bill.  The bill gives authority to the pharmacy board to establish education, training standards and guidelines.  The bill does not specify what information and informed consent is required to be given before a parent consents to allowing a pharmacist to administer a flu or COVID-19 Vaccine to their child. In addition, people should be able to say to having their vaccine information put into a vaccine registry/tracking system. - text, status and history for HB 2679