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Full Text of HB4929  102nd General Assembly


Rep. Theresa Mah

Filed: 2/22/2022





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend House Bill 4929 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4    "Section 5. The Illinois Optometric Practice Act of 1987
5is amended by adding Section 31 as follows:
6    (225 ILCS 80/31 new)
7    Sec. 31. Administration of vaccines.
8    (a) A licensed optometrist may independently administer
9the COVID-19 vaccine upon the completion of appropriate
10training, as described in subsection (c). Vaccinations for
11COVID-19 shall be limited to patients 17 years of age and
13    (b) The optometrist shall administer the COVID-19 vaccine
14and must not delegate the administration to an assistant or
15any other person. Vaccination of a patient by an optometrist
16shall be documented in the patients record and shall include:



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1        (1) the vaccine administered;
2        (2) the site of injection of the vaccine;
3        (3) the name, dose, manufacturer, lot number, and
4    beyond-use date of the vaccine;
5        (4) the name and address of the patients primary
6    health care provider named by the patient;
7        (5) a notation that the patient was presented with the
8    appropriate vaccine information statement (VIS) prior to
9    the administration of each vaccine; and
10        (6) any adverse events that followed the vaccination.
11    (c) In order to initiate and administer an immunization
12described in subsection (b), an optometrist must:
13        (1) at a minimum, complete 4 hours of education in:
14    (i) an immunization training program endorsed by the
15    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; (ii) the
16    injections course approved by the National Board of
17    Examiners in Optometry; or (iii) a course approved by the
18    Department that provides equivalent training provided by
19    an approved Continuing Education Sponsor. The training
20    must include, at a minimum, hands-on injection technique,
21    proper vaccine storage, clinic evaluation of indications
22    and contraindications of vaccines, and the recognition and
23    treatment of emergency reactions to vaccines, and the
24    optometrist shall maintain that training;
25        (2) be certified in basic life support; and
26        (3) comply with all State and federal recordkeeping



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1    and reporting requirements, including providing
2    documentation to the patients primary care provider within
3    30 days of administering the vaccine and entering all
4    patient level data on vaccines administered in the
5    immunization data registry (I-Care) maintained by the
6    Department of Public Health.
7    The Department, in its discretion, may exempt an
8optometrist from the requirements of this subsection if the
9optometrist has completed the training required under a
10proclamation issued by the Secretary on March 24, 2021 to
11authorize licensed optometrists to administer COVID-19
12vaccines. An optometrist who is granted an exemption from the
13Department is required to maintain the training required by
14this subsection.
15    (d) An optometrist administering an immunization pursuant
16to this Section may also initiate and administer epinephrine
17or diphenhydramine by injection for the treatment of a severe
18allergic reaction to an immunization.
19    (e) As applicable to the State Medicaid program and other
20payers, a vaccine ordered and administered in accordance with
21this Section shall be covered and reimbursed at no less than
22the rate the vaccine is reimbursed when ordered and
23administered by a physician.
24    (f) The Department may adopt any rules necessary to
25implement this Section.



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1    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
2becoming law.".