May. 05, 2020

HARRISBURG – Once a COVID-19 vaccine is available, pharmacists would be allowed to administer the vaccine under legislation Rep. Seth Grove (R-Dover) plans to introduce.

“Pharmacists are highly trained and are currently allowed to administer flu immunization shots,” Grove said. “My bill addresses the potential issue of long lines of people awaiting a COVID-19 vaccine at their doctor’s offices before the problem arises.”

Grove’s bill would allow pharmacists to administer a federally approved vaccine in a manner which complies with the rules and regulations established by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. By increasing the accessibility of a vaccine, once approved, the Commonwealth would be able to leverage skilled pharmacists as a force multiplier to save lives and improve public health.

In order to immediately increase the Commonwealth’s testing capabilities during the time of a disaster declaration, Grove’s legislation would also allow pharmacists to conduct testing during a public health emergency, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

Grove recently circulated the co-sponsorship memo for the bill.

Representative Seth Grove
196th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Greg Gross