Evers signs bill allowing pharmacy students, techs to give COVID-19 shot

    A Covid-19 vaccine vial and a syringe (Getty Images)
    A Covid-19 vaccine vial and a syringe (Getty Images)

    Pharmacy students and technicians who have been trained in vaccination will join the ranks of people able to deliver the COVID-19 shot in Wisconsin.

    Gov. Tony Evers signed legislation Friday expanding the roster of professionals authorized to give the vaccine to include pharmacy technicians and students. He signed the bill at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, where he toured the on-campus COVID-19 vaccination clinic.

    Under the new law, pharmacy students who have completed their first two years of pharmacy school may give the vaccine under the supervision of another health care provider who is authorized to administer the shot.

    The law also allows certified pharmacy technicians to give the vaccine if they have taken a two-hour course in injection technique and in recognizing and treating vaccine reactions. The technician also must be certified in life support or cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and must be supervised by a pharmacist trained in vaccination.

    Erik Gunn
    Senior Reporter Erik Gunn reports and writes on work and the economy, along with related subjects, for the Wisconsin Examiner. He spent 24 years as a freelance writer for Milwaukee Magazine, Isthmus, The Progressive, BNA Inc., and other publications, winning awards for investigative reporting, feature writing, beat coverage, business writing, and commentary. An East Coast native, he previously covered labor for The Milwaukee Journal after reporting for newspapers in upstate New York and northern Illinois. He's a graduate of Beloit College (English Comp.) and the Columbia School of Journalism. Off hours he is the Examiner's resident Springsteen and Jackson Browne fanboy and model railroad nerd.