COVID-19 Immunization Administration by Additional Health Care Practitioners
On February 19, 2021, the Acting Director of the Division of Consumer Affairs issued
Administrative Order 2021-07 and Waiver 2021-03, which permits authorized health care personnel to administer a COVID-19 vaccine to patients upon direction from a supervising health care practitioner. The Order and Waiver defines “authorized health care personnel” as “licensed practical nurses, certified homemaker home health aides, dentists, respiratory care therapists, perfusionists, podiatrists, optometrists, physical therapists, athletic trainers, and dental hygienists with local anesthesia permits.” A “supervising health care practitioner” is defined as “a doctor of medicine (M.D.), a doctor of osteopathic medicine (D.O.), a registered professional nurse (R.P.N.), an advanced practice nurse (A.P.N.), a physician assistant (P.A.), or a pharmacist (R.Ph.).” The Order and Wavier requires a supervising health care practitioner to determine if authorized health care personnel are licensed in New Jersey and have been trained and are competent to administer a COVID-19 vaccine prior to directing authorized health care personnel to administer the vaccine.
Perfusionists should read and familiarize themselves with the provisions of this
The Perfusionists Advisory Committee, which falls under the supervision of the State Board of Medical Examiners, licenses perfusionists in the State of New Jersey.
What is a perfusionist?
A perfusionist, who is qualified by academic and clinical education, is a skilled person who operates extracorporeal circulation equipment when it becomes necessary to support or replace a patient's cardiopulmonary or circulatory functions during surgery.
Please be advised that currently licensed Perfusionists applying for biennial license renewal must complete 30 continuing education credits by November 1, 2015. If you fail to do so, you may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including suspension of your license.
Licensees within their initial biennial period of licensure are exempt from this requirement.