Today, Rep. Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) applauded the House passage of legislation that would allow more health professionals to administer the coronavirus vaccine, extend professional licenses and help low-income Ohioans pay for utilities amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“Providing additional support to Ohioans who are battling the health and economic impacts of this pandemic continues to be a necessity. I am happy to join my colleagues in keeping the Ohio Promise of opportunity and safety,” said Rep. Hicks-Hudson.
The legislation will improve access to the coronavirus vaccine for more Ohioans by authorizing additional health care providers to administer the vaccine, including podiatrists, pharmacists and pharmacy interns.
Other provisions of the bill include:
- Allowing pharmacists to order and administer COVID-19 tests;
- Requiring the Board of Nursing to issue temporary licenses to registered nurses and license practical nurses;
- Requiring educator preparation programs to develop alternative experiences to allow students to make up for missed clinical experiences during the pandemic;
· Extending energy efficiency programs that help lower-income Ohioans earning at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level;
After clearing the House, the legislation now heads to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.