As more COVID-19 vaccine becomes available, the Biden Administration wants to provide states and
territories with the flexibility needed to expand their vaccination workforce to ensure that every American who
wants to be vaccinated can receive their vaccine as soon as possible. States and territories are encouraged to further expand the categories of persons authorized to administer COVID-19 vaccines in their states or territories, as authorized under the PREP Act, to respond to the local needs and availability of potential vaccinators.
There are now three safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines that are available under an Emergency Use Authorization
and hundreds of millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses are being manufactured for distribution throughout the
country, with vaccines becoming more broadly available in the coming weeks.
More healthcare personnel are needed to administer these life-saving vaccines.
To address this need, the Acting Secretary of Health and Human Services has signed an amendment to the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Act declaration that expands the pool of qualified people who can become vaccinators. The definition of covered qualified persons authorized to give the vaccine has been expanded to include, among others, current and retired traditional and non-traditional healthcare professionals and students in healthcare programs.