House Bill 231, allowing pharmacists to administer immunizations to anyone 7 or older, passed the House Wednesday on third reading for the second time.
The bill is sponsored by Rep. Casey Knudsen, R-Malta. Under state law, residents must be at least 12 years old to receive a flu shot from a pharmacist.
The bill’s latest version also allows pharmacists to administer pertussis vaccines to anyone 18 or older. In February, Knudsen presented his bill to the House Human Services Committee as an alternative for rural parents to arranging doctor’s appointments for vaccines.
“If all they want is to get a vaccine, they should be able to just get a vaccine. They shouldn’t have to sit in a waiting room for an hour and go through all the other screenings if that’s not what they're there for,” Knudsen said.
Knudsen’s bill only needs approval from Gov. Steve Bullock to become law.
Lee Enterprises reporter Holly Michels contributed to this story.