Pharmacists Could Keep Expanded Scope of Practice With Chart: Pharmacists Are Permitted to Administer Vaccines in Every State

Some 70% of pharmacists have taken on new job responsibilities — ranging from childhood immunizations and diagnostic testing to patient counseling on care and payment options for their medications — during the COVID-19 pandemic, a survey from CoverMyMeds shows.

This trend toward an expanded scope of practice for pharmacists, which had been building prior to the pandemic, accelerated with federal and state actions to relax restrictions in order to improve access to care during the public health emergency, experts say. While pharmacists in some states may lose ground on their practice scope when the emergency ends, it’s likely that more pharmacists will retain the ability to vaccinate children and perform diagnostic tests.

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