Wyo. Senate passes pharmacist vaccination bill

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming senators say pharmacists who don't want to vaccinate children shouldn't be discriminated against.

They passed a bill Wednesday that would allow licensed pharmacists to administer immunizations after adding some protections for pharmacists. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports the bill now says that pharmacists would not be required to give shots to children under 13 and employers couldn't discriminate against any pharmacists who didn't want to do so.

Republican Sen. Charles Scott of Casper said some older pharmacists didn't get training in school on vaccinations.

The bill now goes back to the House, where lawmakers will have to decide if they agree with those changes.

Bill co-sponsor Sen. Leslie Nutting said the bill never required anyone to give shots to children.

The goal of the bill is to boost Wyoming's 64 percent immunization rate.

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Information from: Wyoming Tribune Eagle, http://www.wyomingnews.com

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