Floridians can now get several new vaccines at the pharmacy instead of going to the doctor's office under a new law that took effect Wednesday.

The vaccines include Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, TDAP (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, also known as whooping cough), varicella, MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), meningococcal and pneumococcal. Vaccines for influenza and shingles were already available at all local pharmacies.

Senator Aaron Bean said one of the best ways to ensure more people get critical vaccinations is to make it more convenient for them.

The increasing reliance on pharmacists and pharmacies comes as Florida and the nation are facing a critical doctor shortage in the coming years.

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