Dentists Cleared to Administer COVID-19 Vaccine in 21 States
At least 21 states have temporarily expanded their vaccinating workforce by allowing dentists to administer COVID-19 vaccines, and the American Dental Association (ADA) continues to advocate for states giving dentists permission to administer the COVID-19 vaccine.
The states that currently allow dentists to administer the Covid-19 vaccine include Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Washington.
Other states including Kansas, Iowa, and Minnesota currently having bills working their way through state legislatures that would allow it as well, and Alabama even allows nursing students to administer the shot.
“As part of its ongoing COVID-19 vaccine strategy, the ADA supports recognizing dentists as vaccine providers,” said ADA President Daniel J. Klemmedson, D.D.S., M.D.
“Having dentists administer vaccines in their communities helps improve the public vaccination rate, and it relieves some of the burden on the current vaccine provider network.”
The ADA, in conjunction with the state dental societies, has developed an interactive map that provides details on dentists’ ability to administer the COVID-19 vaccination by state, as well as the phase of the state vaccination plan in which dentists will receive the COVID-19 vaccination.
Dentists could increase accessibility to the vaccine particularly in rural areas where clinics and drug stores may not be available, the Academy of General Dentistry said.
The California Department of Consumer Affairs’ issued an emergency waiver on Jan 4th which allows dentists to administer COVID-19 vaccines temporarily ― during the current public health emergency ― to individuals age 16 and older provided the dentists complete a required Centers for Disease Control and Prevention training course. (You can learn more about the current vaccine administration landscape in California Dental Association’s COVID-19 Vaccine Information Toolkit.)
CDA is also sponsoring legislation by Assemblymember Jim Wood, DDS, (D-Santa Rosa) that would give dentists permanent authority to independently prescribe and administer the COVID-19 and flu vaccines.
AB 526 would also align the California Department of Public Health laboratory registration with federal law so that dentists can obtain the appropriate state licensure to be able to conduct COVID-19 rapid tests for their patients and dental team members.
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