New bills would give pharmacists more authority to give vaccines

Friday, March 8, 2013 - 4:50pm

Several new bills making their way through the Texas legislature could give pharmacists the authority to administer vital immunizations.

Right now, pharmacists can only give the flu shot to children older than 7 years old, and can only give other shots, such as tetanus, diphtheria and Tdap (whooping cough), to children more than 14 years old.

SB 1013, HB 2938 and HB 2222 would change that to allow pharmacists to administer all of those vaccines to children 7 years and older.

The motive behind the legislation is the below-average immunization rates Texas has compared to the national average.

By allowing pharmacists to administer more vaccines, children won't need to go to a doctor to receive them, which some say is more costly.

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