NEW YORK—There are now seven states, up from four in late February, that permit optometrists to administer COVID-19 vaccines, as professional groups on the state and federal level continue to advocate to expand it further. A new update from the American Optometric Association (AOA) on Thursday reported that these seven states now explicitly grant doctors of optometry authority to administer COVID-19 vaccines. The seven are: California, Kentucky, New Jersey, Ohio, South Carolina, Utah and Virginia. As VMAIL reported earlier this week, four of those had granted that authority previously.

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