Lawmakers in the Michigan Senate passed legislation Thursday to allow pharmacists in the state to independently administer vaccines.

Without a change to state law, Michigan pharmacists will lose their authority to administer vaccines without the supervision of a doctor granted during the federal COVID-19 public health emergency, which ended Thursday.

Senate Bill 219, passed by the Michigan Senate on Thursday, would allow even those pharmacists not operating under the supervision of a physician to administer vaccines to those who are at least 3 years old if they undergo a special training program and comply with certain reporting requirements. They could administer vaccines recommended by the CDC, approved or authorized by the Food and Drug Administration and any the FDA authorizes for emergency use. See more-Paid subscription may be required