Mon., February 27, 2012 5:37pm (EST)

Bill Allows Vaccines At Pharmacy
By Elizabeth Choi
Updated: 2 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
All CDC approved vaccines, except the HPV vaccine, can be given by a registered pharmacist. (photo courtesy Sanofi Pasteur)
All CDC approved vaccines, except the HPV vaccine, can be given by a registered pharmacist. (photo courtesy Sanofi Pasteur)
The Senate Health and Human Services Committee Monday passed a bill allowing pharmacists and nurses to give vaccination shots.

Senator Charlie Bethel of Dalton says this bill is an extension of a previous bill that allowed pharmacies to give flu shots. He says as more people seeking flu vaccines creates a need for more medical professionals to administer them.

Bethel says, "What we're proposing to do is to expand that capability to all CDC approved vaccine excluding the papilloma virus, HPV."

Sen. Bethel says being able to get vaccines from the pharmacy will be cheaper than going to a doctor.

29 states already allow vaccination shots in a pharmacy setting.