Bill giving Kentucky pharmacists more vaccination freedom advances

Kentucky Lantern

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FRANKFORT — A House bill aimed at addressing what the sponsor says is a “public health crisis” when it comes to routine, childhood vaccines, passed a Senate committee Wednesday 9-2. 

House Bill 274 would allow Kentucky pharmacies to continue administering vaccines to children ages 5-17 with parental or guardian consent, continuing a COVID-19-era federal permission slip letting pharmacists help fill public health gaps. 

Now that the bill passed the Senate Health Services Committee, it can go to the Senate floor for consideration. Should it pass there, it can go to Gov. Andy Beshear’s desk for a signature or veto. 

The House unanimously approved the bill in early February. 

The sponsor, Rep. Danny Bentley, R-Russell, previously said he wants the bill to help counties without pediatricians. The bill is not a vaccine mandate

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