Dentists, medical students and other health clinicians can now administer the coronavirus vaccine in Virginia.

Gov. Ralph Northam signed emergency legislation Tuesday to give the state additional assistance with vaccine distribution, WTOP reported.

Dr. Norm Oliver, the Virginia Department of Health’s deputy commissioner for population health, said training vaccinators takes “just a few hours.” However, he said the training will be different from vaccinations for other diseases due to the coronavirus vaccine’s special requirements.

“The Pfizer vaccine, for example, is so finicky,” Oliver said, WTOP reported. “Most of us would pick up a cold vial and shake it before drawing it up into the syringe. If you do that, you just wiped out 11 doses. But it doesn’t take long to learn.”

As of Wednesday, roughly 1.4 million Virginians have received at least one dose of the two-shot vaccines currently available, with about 366,000 having received both shots, according to state health department statistics.

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