The Georgia Retail Association (GRA), the voice of Georgia retailing for more than 50 years, highlights an important bill signed today by Governor Nathan Deal which increases access to vital healthcare for Georgia families by expanding the list of immunizations that pharmacists can administer and that are currently recommended by the Center for Disease Control. The bill, HB504 which was sponsored by Representative Sharon Cooper (R-43, Marietta) and Senator Renee Unterman (R-45, Buford), allows pharmacists to administer vaccinations for influenza, pneumococcal, shingles and meningitis to patients without a prescription. The bill unanimously passed the House and Senate before being signed into law by the Governor.
“A number of our GRA members are pharmacies and businesses who support greater access to healthcare, and I’m proud of the collaboration between our members and our legislative partners in passing this much needed legislation,” said GRA President/CEO Rick McAllister. “We listened to the needs of our members, who were passionate about this issue, and worked with Representative Cooper and Senator Unterman on this important bill.”
“Expanding access to vital vaccinations and immunizations to Georgia families will help keep our residents and visitors safer and healthier,” said Representative Cooper. “Some rural Georgia families may not have easy access to their doctor, but rather their local pharmacist, and I’m proud of the hard work that was done by my fellow House members to ensure this important legislation became law.”
Since 1961, the Georgia Retail Association has been working on behalf of the retail community to unite and pursue the common goal of creating the best environment for retailing in Georgia. Retail supports 1 out of 4 jobs in the state and is directly and indirectly responsible for 18% of Georgia's gross domestic product.