Notice Regarding COVID-19 Vaccine Administration

Update – 1/11/2021

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 Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians (BVNPT) previously provided licensees with information on their role in maintaining COVID-19 phase structure as they administer the COVID-19 vaccine. The BVNPT 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 BVNPT prioritizes the investigation of 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.

This guidance updates the guidance released on 12/31/2020

12/31/2020

As the COVID-19 vaccines are distributed, the Board of Vocational Nursing & Psychiatric Technicians is supporting the State’s effort to ensure that all providers follow the standards for allocating and administering COVID-19 vaccines. In particular, the Board of Vocational Nursing & Psychiatric Technicians licensees must adhere to the current federal and state prioritization standards for allocating and administering COVID-19 vaccines in phases. The standards are available at the California Department of Public Health Drafting Guidelines Workgroup.

For more information, please see the Board’s Notice Regarding COVID-19 Vaccine Administration.