PolitickerNJ Wire Feed

By Jennifer Sciortino | February 7th, 2013 - 2:33pm
| More

Assembly Democrats News Release

Ramos Bill to Increase Accessibility of Flu Vaccinations Advanced by Assembly Panel

Measure Would Allow Pharmacists to Administer Vaccine to Individuals 12 Years and Older

(TRENTON) - Bipartisan legislation sponsored on the Democratic side by Assemblyman Ruben J. Ramos, Jr. to help combat the flu by making vaccination more accessible was approved by an Assembly panel on Thursday.

Under current law, pharmacists are only permitted to administer vaccines to patients who are 18 years of age and older. The bill (A-3251) approved today would permit pharmacists to administer pediatric vaccines to children who are 12 years of age and older.

"Anyone who's been sick this season knows how difficult it can be to get a doctor's appointment when they're inundated with flu patients," said Ramos (D-Hudson). "This bill would help families take preventive measures to protect their children from the flu by making vaccinations more easily available to anyone in the general population who wishes to get one."

Ramos noted that the bill respects vaccination choice, while amending statutory language to conform to regulations permitting a pharmacist to administer vaccines and related emergency medications pursuant to a physician's prescription, in immunization programs implemented pursuant to a physician's standing order, or in government-sponsored immunization programs that are not patient specific.

"With emergency rooms across the region being inundated this season, we should be doing everything we can to help prevent the spread of the flu and minimize the public health risk," added Ramos. "Licensed pharmacists are already highly qualified to provide vaccines to adults so it makes perfect sense to allow them to administer it to teens as well."

This bill does not alter the education, documentation, and other requirements set forth by the New Jersey State Board of Pharmacy and the State Board of Medical Examiners, which must be met for a pharmacist to administer vaccines directly to patients. Existing statutory language permits the two boards to jointly issue rules that would impose additional requirements for a pharmacist to be permitted to administer a vaccine to a minor.

On the Net:
The Assembly Democratic Office Web site
NJ Assembly Dems on YouTube
NJ Assembly Dems on Vimeo
NJ Assembly Dems on Facebook
NJ Assembly Dems on Twitter
NJ Assembly Dems e-mail alerts

Contact Info: 

Jennifer Sciortino
NJ Assembly Majority Office
(P) 609-847-3500

Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: April 23, 2014

Colorado politicians invite Christie to experience 'Rocky Mountain High'Colorado politicians slapped back at Gov. Chris Christie after he questioned their Rocky Mountain quality of life under the rule of legalized marijuana.“Whether it’s hiking season or snow season, we invite Gov. Christie to experience Colorado’s quality of life anytime,"  Sen....

Op-Ed

How the City of Paterson became a city in crisis

By HAYTHAM YOUNES As the May 13th election for Paterson officials nears, I've noticed a lot of candidates running using slogans and empty promises as if they weren't around watching Paterson get to where it's at today. I think it's important that... Read More >

Contributors

(4-23-14) Bridgegate Witnesses Not "RATS" if Testimony is Forced -Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson’s decision last week was covered in most newspapers and blogs as an affirmation of the... more »
(Absecon Island, NJ) --With his shocking win in last year's election, Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian emerged as one of the most intriguing figures in the New Jersey political... more »
When it comes to profiling Christie, facts are for wussies (4/10/14) - As the national media stories on our Guv pile up, expect more blunders about the Garden State.... more »
This week I begin a series called Dispatches from Somewhere Else. Based on my on-going experiences as an everyman in New Jersey politics, these Dispatches review the hollowness of... more »

Quote of the Day

Quote of the day

“The good news of tonight is that these problems are fixable.” - Gov. Chris Christie

- PolitickerNJ.com

Poll

Who would you back for Governor of NJ in this 2017 general election dream match-up?:

Resources

Visit the PolitickerNJ.com/resources page for links to the best collection of information on New Jersey state government.

 

  • Polls
  • The best blogs
  • Columnists
  • State election results
  • Assembly election results
  • Local party websites
  • And more.

PolitickerNJ.com/resources