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Division of Consumer Affairs - Administrative Order - Expanding pool of health care providers who can administer vaccinations

NJ Optometric Physicians should review the DCA Administrative Order No.2021-07/and DCA Waiver No.2021-03 that was released by the Division of Consumer Affairs on 2/19/21. This order will allow Optometrists to administer the COVID-19 vaccine at PODS (Points of Distribution) under the supervision and training by a MD, DO, RN, APN, PA or Pharmacist. In this Administrative Order, NJAC 13:38-24 is suspended insofar as this provision  excludes administering a vaccination under our scope of practice.  At this point it is our understanding that this will allow OD’s to volunteer at the state’s mega sites. As we learn more we will forward that information to the membership.

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