Poliovirus and Professional Practice

Important Information for Licensees Impacted by Polio

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

EO #21 - Effective until October 9, 2022

  • Temporary Suspension and Modification of Education Law and Regulations 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 poliovirus 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;
  • Temporary Suspension and Modification of Education Law and Regulationsto the extent necessary to allow pharmacists to administer vaccinations against poliovirus pursuant to a non-patient specific order;
  • 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 poliovirus; 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, midwives, certified emergency medical technicians-paramedics, advanced EMS providers and pharmacists, who administer poliovirus vaccine to persons 19 years of age or older are required to obtain consent of the vaccine 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 poliovirus vaccinations for any individual (child or adult) to be reported to NYSIIS or CIR, as applicable, within 72 hours of administration of a poliovirus 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: September 14, 2022