Governor Tony Evers recently signed into law two bills intended to improve vaccine distribution in Wisconsin. The governor signed Assembly Bill 4 into law as 2021 Act 3 on February 19. The bill allows pharmacy technicians, who provide services under the direction of pharmacists, to administer vaccines under the supervision and with proper training. The law also makes it easier for pharmacy students to administer vaccines; students with two years of pharmacy school can now administer vaccines under the supervision of an authorized healthcare provider.
Assembly Bill 4 passed the Assembly 90-1, then moved to the Senate, which amended the bill and concurred in the bill as amended on a voice vote. The Assembly concurred in the Senate’s amendment on a voice vote. Gov. Evers signed the bill on February 19. The bill was authored by Representative Joe Sanfelippo (R-New Berlin) and Senator Dale Kooyenga (R-Brookfield).
On March 22, the governor signed Senate Bill 13 into law as 2021 Act 8, allowing dentists to administer COVID-19 and flu vaccines after completing eight hours of training. The law was introduced to the Legislature as Senate Bill 13, authored by Senator Kathy Bernier (R-Chippewa Falls) and Representative Rob Brooks (R-Saukville). It passed both the Senate and Assembly on voice votes.