From unvaccinated patients to incomplete health histories, failure to cooperate results in ethical and legal challenges for dentists. In today’s practice environment, these challenges also include navigating interactions with patients who simply refuse to wear face masks.
Get answers to commonly asked questions regarding the temporary scope expansion permitting dentists to administer the COVID-19 vaccine. Dentists will unlikely be able to administer in their practices, but can be instrumentally helpful in mass vaccination community events launching soon.
California’s recent waiver allowing dentists to administer COVID-19 vaccines is generating publicity with numerous local news outlets across the state. The news comes after the Department of Consumer Affairs on Jan. 4 approved a public health emergency waiver that will allow dentists to help with the state’s vaccination efforts.
Micro and small businesses in California that have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic can apply for a grant of up to $25,000 through the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program. The application period for this first round of funding ends Jan. 13.
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.
Recent calls to CDA Practice Support reveal that dentists are unclear about quarantine and other requirements related to COVID-19 exposure. CDA’s Clinical Care Workgroup developed resources specifically to help dentists practice in the current pandemic environment while complying with Cal/OSHA and other regulations.
Researchers are examining the link between periodontal disease and COVID-19-related respiratory complications, and early research findings suggest that dental professionals may need to shift their focus to preventing underlying conditions, such as periodontitis, that promote systemic inflammation.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Dec. 15 issued an emergency use authorization for the first over-the counter at-home diagnostic test for COVID-19. It's first test for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, that can be used completely at home without a prescription.
Dental professionals will be included in the state’s first-phase distribution of COVID-19 vaccine shots. CDPH expects that all essential health care workers identified in Phase 1a will receive their first dose of the vaccine by the end of January 2021.