Monkeypox and Professional Practice

Important Information for Licensees Impacted by Monkeypox

In response to the monkeypox virus emergency disaster, the Governor has issued Executive Orders (EO) that impact licensed professionals. 

EO #20.2 - Expired October 27, 2022

  • Temporary Suspension and Modification of Education Law and Regulations insofar as such modification authorized pharmacists to administer vaccinations against monkeypox pursuant to a non-patient specific order, is modified to the extent necessary to allow pharmacists to also administer vaccinations against monkeypox pursuant to a patient specific order; and
  • Temporary Suspension and Modification of Education Law and Regulations insofar as such modification authorized physicians and certified nurse practitioners to issue a non-patient specific regimen to persons authorized by law or by this executive order to administer vaccinations against monkeypox, is modified to the extent necessary to allow physicians and certified nurse practitioners to also issue patient specific orders to licensed pharmacists for administration of immunizations to prevent monkeypox.

EO #20 - Expired October 27, 2022

  • Temporary Suspension and Modification of Education Law and Regulations insofar as such provisions limit the practice of midwifery to management of normal pregnancies, child birth and postpartum care as well as primary preventive reproductive health care of essentially healthy women, and newborn evaluation, resuscitation and referral for infants, and insofar as it limits the practice of midwifery to midwives who practice in accordance with collaborative relationships with licensed physicians or hospitals, so that for the purposes of this disaster emergency, midwives may administer vaccinations against monkeypox to any patient pursuant to a non-patient specific order under the medical supervision of licensed physicians, licensed physician assistants, or certified nurse practitioners, provided, however, that a midwife without a certificate issued by the State Education Department for administering immunizing agents, must meet conditions set by the Commissioner of Health;
  • MODIFIED AND EXTENDED BY EO 20.2 (See above) - Temporary Suspension and Modification of Education Law and Regulations to the extent necessary to allow pharmacists to administer vaccinations against monkeypox pursuant to a non-patient specific order;
  • MODIFIED AND EXTENDED BY EO 20.2 (See above) - Temporary Suspension and Modification of Education Law and Regulations to the extent necessary to permit physicians and certified nurse practitioners to issue a non-patient specific regimen to nurses or any such other persons authorized by law or by this executive order to administer vaccinations against monkeypox; and
  • Temporary Suspension and Modification of Public Health Law and Regulations to the extent necessary to suspend the requirement that health care providers, including registered nurses and pharmacists, who administer monkeypox vaccine to persons 19 years of age or older are required to obtain consent of the vaccinee in order to report such vaccination to the New York State Immunization Information System (NYSIIS) or the Citywide Immunization Registry (CIR), and such provisions are further modified to the extent necessary to require all monkeypox vaccinations for any individual (child or adult) to be reported to NYSIIS or CIR, as applicable, within¬†¬†72 hours of administration of a monkeypox vaccination. Nothing in this paragraph shall be read to permit the vaccination of any person without their consent or the consent of another person legally authorized to provide such consent.

 

Last Updated: October 31, 2022