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Gov. Gavin Newsom on Oct. 8 signed into law CDA-sponsored legislation that allows California-licensed dentists to apply for the requisite laboratory licensure to administer rapid COVID-19 tests in the dental office. AB 526, authored by Assemblymember Jim Wood, DDS (Santa Rosa), also gives dentists permanent authority to administer FDA-approved or FDA-authorized COVID-19 and influenza vaccines as described.
Waived tests are simple tests that typically generate results quickly and have a very low risk of incorrect results.
As of Sept. 17, 2022, weekly COVID-19 testing is no longer required in California for workers in dental offices and other settings deemed high risk, but with the authority to administer the vaccines, dentists gained an efficient option for complying with the state public health order while it was in effect.
Dentists who are considering expanding their practice to include rapid COVID-19 testing should read CDA’s updated COVID-19 Laboratory Testing Toolkit for detailed instructions on applying for the requisite laboratory licensure to administer the tests.
The toolkit explains and provides:
Access CDA’s updated COVID-19 Laboratory Testing Toolkit.