HHS Expands Categories of Persons Covered Under the PREP Act Who Can Administer COVID-19 Vaccine – JD Supra

Posted: February 8, 2021 at 11:16 am

On January 28, 2021, HHS issued a fifth amendment to the Declaration under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP Act), expanding the categories of persons able to prescribe, dispense, and administer COVID-19 vaccines under the protections of the PREP Act (the Fifth Amendment).

HHS first issued a Declaration under the PREP Act in March 2020, providing liability immunity for medical countermeasures against COVID-19. There have since been four amendments to the Declaration, expanding liability immunity for various actions taken by qualified persons in furtherance of the COVID-19 countermeasures. In the Fifth Amendment, HHS now amends Section V of the Declaration to add additional categories of persons covered under the PREP Act as qualified to prescribe, dispense, and administer COVID-19 vaccines. The Fifth Amendment specifically permits the following:

To be covered by the protections of the PREP Act, the Fifth Amendment requires these qualified individuals to complete the CDCs COVID-19 Vaccine Training and, for healthcare providers who are not currently practicing or whose license or certification is expired, to undergo a period of on-site observation by a currently practicing healthcare professional.

The language of the Fifth Amendment can be found here. The press release issued by HHS is available here.

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