On Tuesday, Governor Greg Gianforte issued an order making it easier for local and rural pharmacies to provide vaccinations to their customers, or others who may not be able to access the vaccine through normal channels.
‘The directive authorizes pharmacists to use any health care provider, who is licensed by Montana or another state and who is qualified to administer vaccines under his or her scope of practice, to assist in the administration of COVID-19 vaccines for the duration of the state of emergency. The directive also temporarily waives a restriction on the number of pharmacy technicians a registered pharmacist may supervise for the purpose of administering the COVID-19 vaccine and conducting associated administrative duties and procedures.’
Eric Beyer, President and owner of Granite Pharmacies in western Montana said the governor’s order makes providing vaccinations much easier for local pharmacies.
“This is a really helpful directive from the governor,” said Beyer. “It’s something that we’ve been talking about for a good two months to try to get us some support and some help within the pharmacy. There was some funny wording in the rules and regulations in regards to nursing and pharmacies that didn’t allow pharmacies to hire nurses or bring in nurses