Gov. Cuomo Signs Bill To Let Pharmacists Give Flu Shots

ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP)Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a law allowing pharmacists to continue giving flu shots, sparing people who want the vaccinations a trip to the doctor’s office.

New York used to be among a handful of states that only allowed physicians and nurses to administer vaccines, but it began allowing pharmacists to give the shots, too, in 2008.

The bill signed by Cuomo extends that authorization another four years.

The idea was to make it less of a hassle to get the shots.

Sponsors say more than 5,000 pharmacists are currently certified to give flu shots. By some estimates they administered more than a million immunizations in New York over the past year.

What do you think of this law? Sound off in our comments section below…

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  1. Aguirre Lloyd says:

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  2. emmas says:

    being and Optometrist (not Opthamologist) should be a 1 or 2 yr course of study, max. really what did taaking psych & sociology in a 4 year degree add to the ability to check eyesight? college is great for those that want it. career focused ducation needs to be more focused and thus more affordable.
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  3. Rula Kuly says:

    sorry for typos!

  4. Rula Kuly says:

    Good. We need to start looking at many ‘professional’ restricions tht are primarily desgned as barriers to entry into field, especially in these times of high employment.for example do we really need all hairstylists to be licensed? how about a safety & hygiene cert course thaat is short, then salon owners & word of mouth can take care of the rest. this won’t eliminate beauty schools, just make them voluntary and thus responsive to clients & fashions of the times rather than the state mandated curriculum. do we need a million stylists capable of rendering jheri curls or a bee-hive nowadays? i think not. registered nurses should be empowered like PAs and PAs used to greater effect regularly.being and Optometrist (not Opthamologist) should be a 1 or 2 yr course of study, max. really what did taaking psych & sociology in a 4 year degree add to the ability to check eyesight? college is great for those that want it. career focused ducation needs to be more focused and thus more affordable.

  5. Larry says:

    As a native New Yorker( and Loyal Yankee fan), living in Texas now, I have been getting my Flu shots at the drug store because so many of the doctors just dont want to do it because of how little insurance gives them for this service. The NY statistics certainly indicate the program is working and reaching people that otherwise would not get the shot.
    Gopod For the Governor.

  6. Greg says:

    Ooooohhh. The flu file!….. The last big scary one was about to be declared a human made flu, remember? And suddenly the rumor was shut!……. Now the subject is still hot, or they try to boost the fear syndrome by making a vaccine more accessible to people!…. The drug industry is soooo predictable, it is a big joke!….

    They sold millions of vaccines worldwide with the last “epidemic” and there were ….No epidemic!…. The drug companies should be condemned for spreading fear like that in order to make billions of dollars with people.

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