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NYS DOH Commissioner Issues Statewide Standing Order on RSV Vaccine


The New York State Department of Health announced State Health Commissioner Dr. James McDonald has issued a statewide standing order allowing pharmacists in New York State to administer the RSV vaccine to individuals 60 and older and pregnant people without a separate prescription from a physician.

This updates the original standing order previously issued for older adults as the Department encourages all who are eligible to receive the vaccine now as RSV season in New York most often occurs from September through January. The statewide non-patient specific standing order expands access to the vaccine and will improve outcomes for vaccinated individuals exposed to the virus. In addition to the standing orders, the Department has published new web pages to help educate the public about RSV.

To protect against respiratory viruses like RSV, the Department of Health recommends common sense precautions. That includes staying up to date on all vaccines, washing hands often with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds, and not coughing or sneezing into hands.

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