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North Carolina Medical Board Offers Clarification on Licensure Requirements for Vaccine Administration

The North Carolina Medical Board has clarified that existing state law permits licensed physicians to delegate medical tasks to unlicensed individuals. While NCMB has not specifically addressed the question of whether unlicensed people should administer COVID-19 vaccinations, they said that is their view that the task falls within the definition of “medical tasks” that state law allows to be delegated. To learn more, including NCMB’s position on the responsibilities of licensed physicians in this situation, click here.

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