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Frequently Asked Questions

As more COVID-19 vaccine becomes available, the Biden Administration wants to provide states, tribes, and territories with the flexibility needed to expand their vaccination workforce to ensure that every adult in America who wants to be vaccinated can receive their vaccine as soon as possible. States, tribes, and territories are encouraged to further expand the categories of persons authorized to administer COVID-19 vaccines in their states, tribal areas, or territories, as authorized under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Act , to respond to the local needs and availability of potential vaccinators.

More healthcare personnel may be needed to administer these life-saving vaccines. To address this potential need, the Acting Secretary of Health and Human Services issued the seventh amendment to the PREP Act declaration that expands the pool of qualified people who can be vaccinators. The seventh amendment expands categories of covered qualified persons authorized to give the vaccine to include current and retired traditional and non-traditional healthcare professionals and students in healthcare programs.

Below are a list of frequently asked questions and answers re​lated to this most recent amendment to the PREP Act. If you have questions not addressed by this document, please email