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Public Act 102-0788


Public Act 0788 102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY



Public Act 102-0788
HB4929 EnrolledLRB102 25768 AMQ 35098 b

    AN ACT concerning regulation.
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
    Section 5. The Illinois Optometric Practice Act of 1987 is
amended by adding Section 31 as follows:
    (225 ILCS 80/31 new)
    Sec. 31. Administration of vaccines.
    (a) A licensed optometrist may independently administer
the COVID-19 vaccine upon the completion of appropriate
training, as described in subsection (c). Vaccinations for
COVID-19 shall be limited to patients 17 years of age and
    (b) The optometrist shall administer the COVID-19 vaccine
and must not delegate the administration to an assistant or
any other person. Vaccination of a patient by an optometrist
shall be documented in the patient's record and shall include:
        (1) the vaccine administered;
        (2) the site of injection of the vaccine;
        (3) the name, dose, manufacturer, lot number, and
    beyond-use date of the vaccine;
        (4) the name and address of the patient's primary
    health care provider named by the patient;
        (5) a notation that the patient was presented with the
    appropriate vaccine information statement (VIS) prior to
    the administration of each vaccine; and
        (6) any adverse events that followed the vaccination.
    (c) In order to initiate and administer an immunization
described in subsection (b), an optometrist must:
        (1) at a minimum, complete 4 hours of education in:
    (i) an immunization training program endorsed by the
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; (ii) the
    injections course approved by the National Board of
    Examiners in Optometry; or (iii) a course approved by the
    Department that provides equivalent training provided by
    an approved Continuing Education Sponsor. The training
    must include, at a minimum, hands-on injection technique,
    proper vaccine storage, clinic evaluation of indications
    and contraindications of vaccines, and the recognition and
    treatment of emergency reactions to vaccines, and the
    optometrist shall maintain that training;
        (2) be certified in basic life support; and
        (3) comply with all State and federal recordkeeping
    and reporting requirements, including providing
    documentation to the patient's primary care provider
    within 30 days of administering the vaccine and entering
    all patient level data on vaccines administered in the
    immunization data registry (I-Care) maintained by the
    Department of Public Health.
    The Department, in its discretion, may exempt an
optometrist from the requirements of this subsection if the
optometrist has completed the training required under a
proclamation issued by the Secretary on March 24, 2021 to
authorize licensed optometrists to administer COVID-19
vaccines. An optometrist who is granted an exemption from the
Department is required to maintain the training required by
this subsection.
    (d) An optometrist administering an immunization pursuant
to this Section may also initiate and administer epinephrine
or diphenhydramine by injection for the treatment of a severe
allergic reaction to an immunization.
    (e) As applicable to the State Medicaid program and other
payers, a vaccine ordered and administered in accordance with
this Section shall be covered and reimbursed at no less than
the rate the vaccine is reimbursed when ordered and
administered by a physician.
    (f) The Department may adopt any rules necessary to
implement this Section.
    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
becoming law.

Effective Date: 5/13/2022