Sisolak takes step to speed dispensing future COVID-19 vaccine

Mon, Sep 14, 2020 (10:43 a.m.)

Gov. Steve Sisolak today signed an emergency regulation to help expedite administering a coronavirus vaccine once available.

Pharmaceutical makers are still working to develop a vaccine for the virus, which has led to more than 194,000 deaths in the U.S., including at least 1,456 in Nevada.

The regulation, approved and requested by the state Board of Pharmacy, authorizes pharmaceutical technicians with appropriate training to administer immunizations under the direct supervision of a pharmacist, according to the governor’s office.

“This emergency regulation is one common sense strategy to help prepare Nevada to ensure that a COVID-19 vaccine can be deployed as quickly and efficiently as possible when it becomes available,” Sisolak said in a statement.

Last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sent a letter to governors advising them to begin preparing for eventual distribution of COVID-19 vaccines by Nov. 1.

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