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Gov. Sisolak signs emergency regulation to support immunization efforts

Posted at 12:19 PM, Sep 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-15 01:18:22-04

CARSON CITY (KTNV) — Gov. Steve Sisolak signed an emergency regulation on Monday to support widespread immunization efforts to help Nevada 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.

The emergency regulation can be found online here.

In late August, the CDC sent a letter to governors across the United States advising them to begin preparing for the 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.