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Monkeypox Vaccines Can Be Administered by Pharmacists (1)

Sept. 30, 2022, 2:43 PMUpdated: Sept. 30, 2022, 5:05 PM

Monkeypox vaccines can now be administered by pharmacists, dentists, and other providers licensed to practice under the law, the Health and Human Services Department said Friday.

“In conjunction with the ongoing COVID–19 pandemic, a spike in current monkeypox cases could overwhelm healthcare providers. The health care system capacity and the healthcare workforce are likely to become increasingly strained throughout the nation,” the HHS said in a Federal Register notice expanding the pool of professionals that can administer monkeypox treatments and vaccines.

The emergency declaration marks a win for pharmacists, who have been calling on federal health leaders to make it ...