Governor Sisolak signs emergency regulation to support immunization efforts

CARSON CITY, NV - September 14, 2020

Today, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak signed an emergency regulation to support widespread immunization efforts to help the State prepare for a potential COVID-19 vaccine.

The regulation, approved and requested by the Nevada State Board of Pharmacy, authorizes pharmaceutical technicians with appropriate training to administer immunizations under the direct supervision of a pharmacist.

This emergency regulation will allow pharmacies to meet the increased demand for vaccine services and increase the State's capacity to expediently treat Nevada's population when a viable COVID-19 vaccine is developed and deployed.

“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,” Gov. Sisolak said.

The emergency regulation can be found online here: https://bop.nv.gov/uploadedFiles/bopnvgov/content/Resources/ALL/2020-09-11.BoP%20Emergency%20Regulations%20re%20Vaccinations%20FILED.pdf

In late August, the CDC sent a letter to governors across the United State advising them to begin preparing for eventual distribution of COVID-19 vaccines by Nov. 1. In addition to this regulation, the State - including the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Public Safety and the Nevada National Guard - already has a strategy and conception of operations in place.

That can be found in a June 22, 2020, document created by the State, published on the Nevada Health Response website and submitted to the federal government. That can be found here: https://NVHealthResponse.nv.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/COVID-19-Disease-Outbreak-Management.pdf

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