Florida pharmacists offering new vaccinations

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - You are now able to get a vaccination for pneumonia or shingles at your local pharmacy under a new state law.

Many pharmacies have started offering the vaccinations this week as a result of the legislation passed earlier this year.

Pharmacists convinced state lawmakers that it made sense to allow people to get the immunizations at pharmacies because it expands access to medical care.

Pharmacists are required to undergo training before they can administer the shots.

Pharmacist John Hickman says patients can be assured vaccinations at pharmacies are just as safe as getting them at your doctor's office.

"If they're not 100 percent sure then it's one of those things where we definitely refer them to their primary care physician and even if they don't get it from our setting we've kind of opened their eyes to how necessary some of these vaccinations are."

It's estimated about 30 percent of seniors suffer from shingles. Patients need a prescription from their doctor before they can get the vaccination at a pharmacy.

Florida pharmacists already have the authority to administer flu shots.

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