COVID-19 Updates

Order Waiving Restrictions On Licensed Midwives, Physician Assistants, Respiratory Care Practitioners, And Veterinarians Ordering And Administering COVID-19 Vaccines In Association With State or Local Vaccination Efforts

Licensed midwives, physician assistants, respiratory care practitioners, and veterinarians acting within the scope of this Order may independently order and administer any COVID-19 vaccines that are approved or authorized by the FDA, as specified.


Order Waiving Restrictions On Healthcare Students Administering COVID-19 Vaccines In Association With State or Local Vaccination Efforts

Students in a healthcare training program acting within the scope of this Order may administer any COVID-19 vaccines that are approved or authorized by the FDA, as specified.


Order Waiving Restrictions On Healthcare Providers With Expired, Inactive Or Lapsed Licenses Ordering And Administering COVID-19 Vaccines In Association With State or Local Vaccination Efforts

Inactive, expired or lapsed licensees acting within the scope of this Order may independently order and administer any COVID-19 vaccines that are approved or authorized by the FDA, as specified.


Governor’s Executive Order on Liability Protections

On January 27, 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom issued an Executive Order that extends liability protections to specified licensees participating in the State’s vaccination administration program. It also directs the boards, bureaus and committees within the Department of Consumer Affairs that regulate healthcare professionals to prioritize certain investigations relating to vaccine administration. Read the full text of the Executive Order here: https://www.gov.ca.gov/2021/01/27/governor-newsom-signs-executive-order-to-help-bolster-states-vaccination-efforts-1-27-21/


COVID-19 Vaccination Administration by Respiratory Therapists

Please be advised that administration of the COVID-19 vaccination is covered under the scope of practice for respiratory therapists. Respiratory Therapists are legally authorized to administer the COVID-19 vaccine. You may find the Respiratory Therapist scope of practice under sections 3702 and 3702.7 of the Business and Professions Code.