State Rep. Phil Robinson (D-Solon) 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.
“I’m glad the House came together in bipartisanship to provide support to Ohioans struggling from the pandemic and expand our state’s vaccination efforts. Provided we all keep up with wearing masks and social distancing as we push forward with the federal and state efforts to combat COVID-19, we will overcome the pandemic together,” said Rep. Robinson.
The state’s vaccine rollout has been slowed as Ohioans in vulnerable populations struggle to schedule appointments due to limited doses and availability of providers. The bill would 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;
The bill passed the House and now heads to the Senate for consideration.