PURPOSE/APPLICABILITY: To authorize certain medical professionals to administer the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines by protocol in lieu of a patient-specific order from a physician or prescribing practitioner. 

POLICY STATEMENT: The protocol authorized herein is intended to ensure the safety, efficacy, and increased provision of COVID-19 immunizations to meet the needs of the public welfare. 

EFFECTIVE DATES: This Emergency Order will be initially effective only until May 1,2021, but may be further extended by subsequent order of the State Health Officer. However, termination of the Public Health Emergency concerning COVID-19 originally declared by Governor John Bel Edwards in Proclamation Number 25 JBE 2020 will result in the automatic termination of this Emergency Order.