President Trump Uses 9/11 PREP Act History to Authorize Pharmacists To Administer COVID Vaccines To Kids 3 and Older
The nutshell summary: You can now take your child age 3 and older to a pharmacy for a COVID vaccine thanks to a Trump Administration action that uses the PREP Act announced this week. The PREP act protects the manufacturers during a pandemic - the consumer will bear all risk. Wayne Rohde wrote two articles for us about The Prep Act and the recent decision to allow pharmacists to administer routine pediatric vaccines (see links below.) He shared this recent COVax announcement on Facebook, and expressed legitimate concerns over the ramifications. And of course, we agree. But then I chose to think like a devil's advocate:
Pediatricians will have a COW over this decision. Think of how much (more) business they will lose. Parents will NOT feel the pressure to vaccinate from a pharmacist as they shop for bread, milk and eggs, though they'll be bombarded with signage no doubt. Those parents who go to a drug counter for the vaccine will only be those who want to go - at least until/unless the vaccine is mandated. At a doctor's office? Mom is PRESSURED, SHAMED, CAJOLED - badly. Every child is a customer. Maybe this announcement is a going to open eyes, hearts, minds and ears. Think about the horror of loud, sobbing kids getting vaccinated and their anxious, agitated Moms in Walgreen's Kroger, Target, Giant Eagle, Stop & Shop, Vons - all over the country. This act makes vaccination a PUBLIC event. No more safety of hiding behind closed pediatric office doors like confessionals. Imagine when parents see adverse reactions and start calling their doctors who may tell them, "Not my problem. I did not administer those vaccines." Pray for those children who will be harmed. We know that "collateral damage" for the herd is a terrible thing, more than anyone. Share your thoughts in our comments.
Today, under the leadership of President Trump, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Assistant Secretary for Health, issued guidance under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP Act) to expand access to safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines when they are made available. This guidance authorizes state-licensed pharmacists to order and administer, and state-licensed or registered pharmacy interns acting under the supervision of the qualified pharmacist to administer, COVID-19 vaccinations to persons ages 3 or older, subject to certain requirements. Read the full announcement here: Trump Administration Takes Action to Expand Access to COVID-19 Vaccines
The PREP Act[i] or “Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act” was the product of President Bush 43 and his Health and Human Services (HHS) agency. The PREP Act was passed in December of 2005. Most of the emphasis for this act was born upon the federal government’s response to the Anthrax scare immediately after 9/11.
The Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP Act) added new legal authorities to the Public Health Service (PHS) Act to provide liability immunity related to the manufacture, testing, development, distribution, administration and use of medical countermeasures against chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear agents of terrorism, epidemics, and pandemics. It also added authority to establish a program to compensate eligible individuals who suffer injuries from administration or use of products covered by the PREP Act’s immunity provisions. [ii]
Wayne Rohde wrote about the PREP Act here at Age of Autism earlier this year.
Meet The PREP "Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness" Act
Rohde also wrote about the very recent expansion of what vaccines pharmacists are authorized to administer:
HHS Authorizes Pharmacists to Administer Pediatric Vaccines