Important COVID-19 resources
Support and key resources to manage COVID-19 cases, exposure in the dental office.
Vaccine administration and distribution continues to evolve on the local, state and federal levels, including a significant proposal from the Biden administration, revisions to California’s tiered distribution system and increased flexibilities for local health departments.
The landscape for distributing the COVID-19 vaccine continues to move quickly, and there are still many unknowns and changes taking place. Here, find the latest information dentists need to know.
Dentists are now permitted to administer the COVID-19 vaccine under a new DCA waiver, with required training. CDA continues to advocate for prioritized access to vaccines, dentistry-supported mass vaccination clinics.
The bill includes $900 billion in pandemic aid and was signed into law Dec. 27 by President Donald Trump. CDA has been advocating for additional relief, including new loans for small businesses, grants for health care providers and extensions of several unemployment benefit programs.
CDA’s latest consumer research survey follows up on a June report tracking patient comfort with returning to the dentist during the COVID-19 pandemic. Conducted mid-August, the survey revealed that most patients with an appointment in the next six months plan to keep it. It also shows how income plays a significant role in determining which patients are more likely to visit the dentist and what safety messages help reassure patients.
Below, view the results of ADA’s Health Policy Institute’s recent survey on consumer sentiment toward visiting the dentist during the COVID-19 pandemic. The July 2020 survey found that most people are comfortable with going to the dentist and details what it would take to get reluctant patients to return. It also reports how soon patients would book their next appointment as well as their willingness to go to the dentist if a positive coronavirus case was traced back to a local dental office.
In the graphic below, find the results of CDA's consumer research survey conducted in June 2020 to measure patients' comfort levels with dental appointments during the COVID-19 pandemic. CDA plans to conduct an additional survey in August to continue to monitor consumers' comfort with dentistry during the pandemic.
Dentists are advised to continue to adhere closely to CDPH guidance, including the recommendation to have two weeks of PPE available.
Dentists who provide care for Medicaid patients (known as Medi-Cal in California) may be eligible to receive financial relief from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Provider Relief Fund established by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.
CDA is aware that members have questions about ADA’s plans to begin distributing PPE from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Unfortunately, the ADA did not prioritize dentists in California as one of 18 states selected to receive the first round of distribution