COLUMBUS-- The Ohio House has OK'd legislation that would allow certain paramedics to give flu shots to other emergency responders.
House Bill 244 passed on a vote of 91-0 and heads to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.
The legislation would enable the medical director or physician-advisory boards of emergency medical-service organizations to designate emergency-medical technicians to administer influenza immunizations to firefighters or other EMTs. Existing state law prohibits such a move.
Participating boards would be required to establish written guidelines for the immunizations and provide notice to local and state health offices.
Rep. Kristina Roegner, a Republican from Hudson and primary co-sponsor of the legislation, said the "common sense" law changes would help local governments manage their immunization costs.
"Currently, they have to schedule an outside contractor [to provide flu vaccines]," Roegner said. "It's much more expensive, and it's inconvenient."
Marc Kovac is the Dix Capital Bureau chief. E-mail him a firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at OhioCapitalBlog.