New: Notice Regarding COVID-19 Vaccine Administration - UPDATE
On January 7, 2021, the California Department of Public Health released new guidance on vaccine prioritization. The guidance recognized the need to balance the prioritization of scarce vaccine resources with the goal of achieving community immunity for all Californians. Additionally, the guidance noted situations in which the health departments and providers may offer doses promptly to people in lower priority groups, including provider flexibility to eliminate vaccine spoilage.
The Medical Board of California (Board) previously provided licensees with information on their role in maintaining the COVID-19 phase structure as they administer the COVID-19 vaccine. The Board is incorporating this new guidance and any future guidance issued into its review and evaluation of complaints that could result in disciplinary actions against licensees involved in COVID-19 administration.
With respect to vaccine prioritization, the Board will prioritize complaints against licensees who engage in the diversion of COVID-19 vaccine or vaccine-administration supplies provided by the federal government that is undertaken for financial gain in violation of applicable federal and state guidance. The Board, however, will continue to observe its investigative priorities as established in Business and Professions Code section 2220.05.
This guidance updates the guidance released on December 30, 2020.
Additional information regarding the COVID-19 vaccine can be found at https://covid19.ca.gov/vaccines