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COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit

Required Training

February 03, 2021 1738

Dentists are now required to complete one CDC-hosted training course instead of the previously required four courses. Read the troubleshooting guide and find out where to access these free, online training modules. 

The California Department of Public Health on Jan. 21 revised its COVID-19 vaccine training requirements, reducing the number of required courses dentists need to be eligible to administer the vaccine. The changes are a result of CDA’s advocacy work with state agencies to streamline the training process and eliminate duplicative courses in order to make it easier for dentists to become eligible to administer the vaccine as the state faces a shortage of vaccinators. 

Dentists are now only required to complete one CDC-hosted training course consisting of three modules, instead of the previously required four courses. The modules are self-paced and now collectively take a little over one hour to complete. It is recommended that dentists review this troubleshooting guide beforehand in order to obtain the three certificates of completion. 

The free, online training modules include: 

WB4460: COVID-19 Vaccine Training: General Overview of Immunization Best Practices for Healthcare Providers 

WB4464: Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine: What Healthcare Professionals Need to Know 

WB4461: Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine: What Healthcare Professionals Need to Know 

WB4470: Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine (Johnson & Johnson): What Healthcare Professionals Need to Know

Dentists who have already completed the modules and received their certificates of completion prior to CDPH’s updated training requirements do not need to retake them.