NC boosts vaccine workforce by allowing EMTs to administer shots


The fire extinguisher is not just for show

My biggest takeaway from the article:

Last week, Gov. Roy Cooper issued an executive order letting counties also recruit licensed dentists, retired and out-of-state licensed health care workers and advanced medical students, in addition to skilled but unlicensed volunteers, to administer the vaccine.

Not using EMTs is "shooting ourselves in the foot," [Joseph Grover, Orange County Emergency Services medical director] said.

"From my perspective, it seems almost counterintuitive that, on the one hand, you're telling me that we train our EMS providers how to give an intramuscular injection for the sickest of the sick patients, but we can't train them to administer a medication for the patient who's requesting a vaccine and is well," he said.