Connect with us


AOA to Biden: Let ODs Administer COVID-19 Vaccine

The organization made its plea in a Jan. 25 letter to the president.




The American Optometric Association has asked President Joe Biden to ensure that optometrists are allowed to administer COVID-19 vaccines.

The organization made its plea in a Jan. 25 letter to the president. AOA “urged the new administration to amend the current COVID-19 Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Act declaration to recognize that all doctors of optometry can administer vaccines,” according to a post on the group’s website.

“As your team works to amend the PREP Act and to develop recommendations for states, we respectfully request that the Administration specifically note the role that doctors of optometry stand ready to play in bolstering the vaccination workforce,” reads the letter, signed by AOA President William T. Reynolds, OD. “Doctors of optometry have played a frontline role throughout the pandemic and will continue to do so.”

The organization has also sent a letter to congressional leadership on the issue.

AOA notes on its website that the vaccine rollout currently “lags the 1.8 million shots per day, seven days a week, estimate that has been posited necessary for widespread immunity by mid-2021.”

The group is planning a webinar at 9 p.m. Eastern on Feb. 4 with “an update on state efforts to vaccinate doctors of optometry, as well as focus on the scope implications of gaining vaccination authority.” It’s also released a new fact sheet: “Doctors of Optometry and Vaccine Administration: The Facts.”




The Best Overall Progressive Lens, Now Powered by AI

Engineered with Behavioral Artificial Intelligence and utilizing new XR-motion™ technology, Varilux XR series goes beyond prescription and eye physiology to consider the patient’s visual behavior and design a progressive lens that respects how
their eyes naturally move.

Varilux XR series comes in two versions, Varilux® XR design and Varilux® XR track. The Varilux XR track lens provides an additional level of personalization by incorporating the exclusive Near Vision Behavior Measurement, providing up to 25% more near vision width3 according to the patient’s need, so patients get the highest level of customization.

Discover Varilux XR series and enjoy instantly sharp vision in motion4 and seamless transitions from near to far.

For more information, visit here.

Promoted Headlines





Get the most important news and business ideas for eyecare professionals every weekday from INVISION.



Most Popular