Registration for COVID-19 Vaccinations
Pharmacies must enroll in the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Immunization Program to be eligible to administer COVID-19 vaccines in Texas once they are available. The enrollment portal is now open. A vaccine for the coronavirus, in limited quantities initially, is expected as early as November. DSHS, our state’s public health department, will be responsible for distribution.
Learn more about becoming a COVID-19 vaccine provider here:
The CDC has a number of requirements, including that providers must administer vaccine regardless of a recipient’s ability to pay, provide a vaccination record to each recipient, store doses of vaccine under the proper conditions, and report the number of doses received, used and lost for any reason. All COVID-19 vaccine providers must log their vaccination activities in an online portal.
Guidance for PREP Act Coverage for Qualified Pharmacy Technicians
and State-Authorized Pharmacy Interns for
Childhood Vaccines, COVID-19 Vaccines, and COVID-19 Testing
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has issued guidance under the PREP Act allowing pharmacy technicians to administer COVID-19 vaccines under certain conditions.
Read the complete guidance statement here: www.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/prep-act-guidance.pdf
Pharmacists and pharmacist-interns acting under the supervision of a pharmacist are allowed to order and administer immunizations to children 3-18 years of age as authorized by the third amendment to the PREP Act under the following conditions:
The amendment to the PREP Act authorizes state-licensed pharmacists (and pharmacy interns acting under their supervision to administer vaccines, if the pharmacy intern is licensed or registered by his or her state board of pharmacy) to order and administer vaccines to individuals ages three through 18 years, subject to several requirements including training, recordkeeping, and reporting. The vaccine must be approved or licensed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and must be ordered and administered according to the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) immunization schedules. Learn more about CDC recommendations for childhood vaccines.
HHS is expanding access to childhood vaccines to avoid preventable diseases in children, additional strains on the healthcare system, and any further increase in avoidable adverse health consequences—particularly if such complications coincide with an additional resurgence of COVID-19.
Please refer to the third amendment of the PREP Act for more information and guidance: www.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/third-amendment-declaration.pdf
You can also find more general information about the Vaccines for Children program on Texas DSHS's website here: https://www.dshs.texas.gov/immunize/tvfc/info-for-providers.aspx
COVID-19 Testing Guidance - June 10, 2020
TSBP has issued guidance statements regarding prescriptions issued for hydroxychloroquine and dispensing drugs in compliance with Emergency Board Rule 291.30*. Read the statements here. - May 15, 2020
*NOTE: Emergency Board Rule 291.30 expires July 17, 2020.
Destruction of Drugs at LTC Facilities - March 24, 2020
Sterile Compounding Guidance - March 13, 2020