NEW YORK—The much-anticipated COVID-19 vaccine rollout has begun across the U.S., and optometrists in a handful of states have been granted the right to administer shots, while professional groups on the state and federal level continue to push for more to follow suit. As of late February, ODs in four states—California, Utah, Kentucky and Ohio—are among the first to include optometrists in immunization efforts, according to a recent Review of Optometry report. Similar legislation is pending in New Jersey, according to the American Optometric Association (AOA), the report noted.

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