HHS should extend the emergency declaration beyond Oct. 1, 2024. (Legislation to make it permanent “is laudable but unprecedented in federalism terms and subject to congressional will.”) In the absence of action from Washington, scope of practice changes would be up to state legislatures and could take years.
State Medicaid and immunization programs should work together to identify barriers to pharmacist inclusion in VFC and address adequacy of vaccine administration fees.
CDC “should consider the current disincentives and unfulfilled potential of pharmacists as VFC providers.”
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