Minnesota Senate passes bill allowing dentists to administer COVID-19 vaccine

Minnesota Senate passes bill allowing dentists to administer COVID-19 vaccine Photo: KSTP.

Josh Skluzacek
Updated: February 08, 2021 01:05 PM
Created: February 08, 2021 12:31 PM

The Minnesota Senate on Monday passed legislation that would allow dentists to be trained and administer influenza and COVID-19 vaccines to patients.

The vote was 67-0.

"As the COVID vaccine becomes more readily available, we want to ensure that Minnesota has the flexibility to administer the vaccine quickly in communities across the state," the bill's chief author, Sen. Rich Draheim, R-Madison Lake, said. "Our state's rollout has been rocky to date. As we look to improve, one way to add flexibility is to add administers that we already have trusted as partners in delivering other vaccines."

Current law allows trained dentists to administer the flu vaccine to patients at least 19 years old; Sen. Draheim's bill would add the COVID-19 vaccine and lower the age restriction to patients 16 and older.


Copyright 2021 - KSTP-TV, LLC A Hubbard Broadcasting Company

Comment on Facebook

Walz plan to end most COVID restrictions by end of May, mask mandate by July 1

MDH reports 13 new COVID-19 deaths, 1,661 new cases

US unemployment claims fall to a pandemic low of 498,000

St. Paul City Council votes to have state board review Sheriff Fletcher's livestreams