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(a) When a mayor, county board chair, or legal successor to such official has declared a
local emergency under section 12.29 or the governor has declared an emergency under section
12.31, subdivision 1 or 2, the commissioner of health may authorize any person, including, but
not limited to, any person licensed or otherwise credentialed under chapters 144E, 147 to 148,
150A, 151, 153, or 156, to administer vaccinations or dispense legend drugs if the commissioner
determines that such action is necessary to protect the health and safety of the public. The
authorization shall be in writing and shall contain the categories of persons included in the
authorization, any additional training required before performance of the vaccination or drug
dispensing by such persons, any supervision required for performance of the vaccination or drug
dispensing, and the duration of the authorization. The commissioner may, in writing, extend the
scope and duration of the authorization as the emergency warrants. Any person authorized by
the commissioner under this section shall not be subject to criminal liability, administrative
penalty, professional discipline, or other administrative sanction for good faith performance of the
vaccination or drug dispensing duties assigned according to this section.
(b) This section expires August 1, 2009.
History: 2005 c 149 s 6