OHA expands individual authorization for COVID-19 vaccine administration

The Oregon Health Authority expanded the list of authorized individuals who can administer COVID-19 vaccines. The 30 newly authorized groups are health professionals and allied professionals who are licensed or trained or have an active license or training within the last five years. 


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On March 11, the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) enacted the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Act Declaration, which expanded the category of people eligible to give vaccinations. In the seventh amendment of the PREP Act, HHS said:

“This amendment thus expands the pool of vaccinators to individuals who have or can obtain training and the capability to administer vaccines even if prescribing, dispensing and administering vaccines is not within the scope of their license or usual responsibilities, allowing states, territories, local areas and tribes to use these individuals in their vaccination programs.”

Patrick Allen, director of the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), signed an authorization permitted by the PREP Act to expand vaccine administration authorization on March 22, which makes the act effective immediately. The PREP Act allows and encourages public health care authorities like OHA to even further expand their authorized individuals. 

An individual must meet one of seven requirements to be authorized to administer a vaccine. According to the requirements stated in the OHA Authorization, if the individual is not licensed, does not have vaccine experience or is a health care student, they must show a document of completion of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 Vaccine Training or similar training offered by an educational institution or a health system. Allen said in a statement:

“This is an all-hands-on-deck effort nationally and in Oregon to ensure we are safely vaccinating all eligible adults who wish to receive a vaccine.”

You can find the newly eligible group in OHA’s Authorization here.