Authorizes pharmacy technicians to administer adult vaccines to individuals 18 years or older, bill requires minimum of 2 hours of training

State: GA
Bill Number: HB 416
Position: OPPOSE
Action Required: NONE
Status: ENACTED, signed by Governor Brian Kemp on 5/2/2023, Effective date 5/2/2023, Act 251

Legislation Details:

UPDATE: 5/2/2023 - HB 416 was enacted. Governor Brian Kemp signed it on 5/2/2023, and the bill's provisions became effective immediately. Act 251.

UPDATE: 3/27/2023 - HB 416 was taken from table, Passed Third Reading and adopted by Senate on 3/29/2023 by a vote of 49 Yes, 3 No, 2 NV, 2 Excused

UPDATE: 3/27/2023 - HB 416 was tabled in the Senate on 3/27/2023

UPDATE: 3/20/2023 - HB 416 was read for the Second time in the Senate on 3/20/2023.

UPDATE: 3/19/2023 - HB 416 was reported favorably out of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee on 3/15/2023.

UPDATE: 3/14/2023 HB 416 is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee on 3/15/2023 in 450 CAP. The hearing notice says the hearing will occur at 2:00 PM. The agenda says the hearing will occur at 3:00 PM. On the hearing notice, there is a video player that will be streaming the hearing live. 

UPDATE: 2/28/2023 HB 416 was passed by the Full House on 2/28/2023 by a vote of 164 Yes, 2 No, 6 NV, 8 Excused. 

UPDATE: 2/22/2023 HB 416 is scheduled to be heard on the House floor on 2/28/2023. 


The crossover deadline in Georgia is Monday, 3/6/2023, meaning that HB 416 must pass the House before 2/6/2023 to reach the Senate.

UPDATE: 2/23/2023 - HB 416 was reported favorably from the House Health Committee on 2/23/2023.

HB 416 was introduced Representatives Deborah SilcoxSharon Cooper, and four others on 2/15/2023.

The bill would authorize pharmacy technicians to administer FDA authorized and licensed vaccines on the adult immunization recommended by the ACIP of the CDC to individuals 18 years or older. COVID-19 vaccines shall be administered according to the recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  

Pharmacy technicians must complete a minimum of two hours of training of immunization related continuing education. The supervising pharmacist shall ensure the patient and vaccine information is entered in the Georgia Registry of Immunization Transactions and Services. The bill would become effective upon its approval by the governor or upon its becoming law without such approval.

NVIC is opposed to this bill because it trivializes very real vaccine risks and serious reactions by allowing a pharmacy technician, perhaps with only a GED education, to administer possibly life-threatening vaccines to adults. According to the Georgia Board of Pharmacy, a pharmacy technician must be at least 17 years old and be currently enrolled in high school, have a high school diploma, or a GED. - text, status, and history of HB 416