COVID vaccines: More health care personnel eligible to give shots

COVID vaccines: More health care personnel eligible to give shots

Dentists, paramedics, midwives, optometrists and veterinarians are among the health care personnel who will now be eligible to administer COVID-19 vaccines.

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is expanding the pool of health care personnel who are eligible to administer COVID-19 vaccinations.

The move comes after President Joe Biden announced Thursday night he will direct states to open up their vaccine supply to all adult Americans by May 1.

Moving forward, newly eligible vaccinators include dentists, paramedics, midwives, optometrists, paramedics, physician assistants, podiatrists, respiratory therapists and veterinarians, according to the White House.

The Department of Health and Human Services has also launched a new online portal for vaccinators to check their eligibility status and to volunteer in their state.

Health officials on the White House coronavirus response team held a briefing Friday morning and discussed the change. The briefing included Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Dr….

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