Governor Newsom Signs Executive Order to Help Bolster State’s Vaccination Efforts

SACRAMENTO – On the heels of newly announced improvements to the state’s vaccination plan, Governor Gavin Newsom today signed an executive order to bolster the state’s efforts to vaccinate as many Californians as possible as quickly as possible.

To help maximize the number of health care professionals and providers administering vaccines, the order confirms that existing law – which protects certain health care professionals and providers from legal liability when they render services at the request of state or local officials during a state of emergency – protects those health care professionals and providers when they participate in the state’s vaccine administration program. The order also makes clear that this protection extends to others – for instance, pharmacy technicians – working under their supervision or instruction, consistent with applicable state directives and guidance.

The order also directs the Department of Consumer Affairs’ disciplinary bodies to prioritize disciplinary proceedings and investigations against licensees who are alleged to have diverted vaccine supplies for financial gain, providing reassurance to vaccinators that they are protected from professional discipline when otherwise performing their duties.

The text of the Governor’s executive order can be found here and a copy can be found here.

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Alyson Hanner

Alyson Hanner joined the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) in 2020 after working nearly 20 years in the broadcast news industry. Since joining Cal OES, she has assisted in the response and recovery efforts of the historic 2020 wildfires and the COVID-19 pandemic. Previously, she served as managing editor at local television stations in San Diego and Sacramento.

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