Allow pharmacists to do all that they are trained to do | #healthcare | #elderly | #seniors
For more than a year, the pandemic has stressed our health care system, exacerbating health disparities and limiting access to health care. During this critical time, pharmacists have demonstrated again and again that not only are they an integral part of the healthcare team, but a critical feature of our public health response. From providing COVID-19 testing to administering the COVID-19 vaccines, pharmacists have used their extensive training and expertise to serve patients in hospitals, ambulatory care centers, long-term care facilities and in communities across the state, including medically underserved areas.
However, pharmacists initially did not have the authority to test for COVID-19 and administer the vaccine. To tap into this underused resource, the governor issued an executive order and updated New York’s antiquated laws so pharmacists could use their extensive training and clinical expertise to combat the pandemic. And while COVID-19 testing and vaccinating are steps in the right direction, the expanded authority for pharmacists to test is temporary and vaccinate for COVID-19 is too narrow.