Scope of Practice: Administering Medication During Public Health Emergency
When a public health emergency declaration is in effect, an individual who is licensed to administer medications can supervise or direct the administration of a vaccine, antiviral, antibiotic, or other prescription medication to any of the following: the contacts of a patient, any person working in or receiving treatment in a triage situation, and any person working in the delivery of medical or emergency services or who might have a direct impact on public health. An individual can administer medications without a license to do so, but the individual must follow the written order(s) of the local health department.
Administration of Medication
(1) After receiving medication distributed by the Department, the medical director or other person licensed to administer (scope of practice) working in a local health department, may supervise or direct the administration of a vaccine, antiviral, antibiotic, or other prescription medication that is not a controlled substance under: (a) a prescription or other lawful order by a person with authority to prescribe, (b) the prescription procedure described in Section 58-17b-620(4), (c) other procedures described in a written protocol approved by the medical director of the Department, or (d) conditions for administration consistent with the terms of an Emergency Use Authorization to: (i) the contacts of a patient; (ii) an individual working in a triage situation; (iii) an individual receiving preventative or medical treatment in a triage situation; (iv) an individual who does not have prescription coverage; (v) an individual involved in the delivery of medical or other emergency services; or (vi) an individual who otherwise may have a direct impact on public health. (2) If the person administering the vaccine, antiviral, antibiotic, or other prescription medication is not licensed to administer, the administration shall follow procedures described in a written protocol approved by the medical director of the Department or the local health department.