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Leadership Corner: CDA President Dr. Judee Tippett-Whyte on vaccine safety, voluntary vaccine policies and infection control

Dr. Tippett-Whyte answers your questions about the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine, why it’s best to avoid implementing a mandatory vaccine policy among your dental staff and offers guidance on maintaining extra infection control protocols. 

Leadership Corner: PPE relief program offers infection control supplies to California dentists at no cost

Dental practice owners can now order PPE, including N95 masks, face shields and nitrile gloves, at no cost through CDA and the California Medical Association’s PPE relief program. Items are available for order on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. 

Local dental society, community clinics successfully advocate to protect oral health care access

The Oakland City Council passed an ordinance that requires individuals ages 12 and older to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination before they can enter certain indoor places. Dental offices were included in the initial proposal, but the Alameda County Dental Society and local community clinics successfully advocated to have dental offices removed to protect everyone's access to essential dental care.

Resources on vaccine tracking, patient screening available in new reopening guide for dentists

CDA Practice Support has developed the California State Reopening Guide for Dental Practices to help dentists and dental teams understand their responsibilities to maintain a safe environment and communicate with patients about continued COVID-19 safety precautions in the dental office.

Retired dentists in California can participate in state's COVID-19 vaccine administration efforts

Dentists across California are beginning to get involved in the state’s COVID-19 vaccination efforts following an emergency public health waiver granted last month that allows dentists to administer the vaccine to individuals age 16 and older once the dentist completes the required training.

Threats over coronavirus orders target public health officers

CDA this week took a support position on legislation that would help to protect public health officers in California from threats and attacks by requiring that their personal information be kept confidential. 
Sen. Richard Pan, who is also a practicing pediatrician, introduced Senate Bill 483 in response to the escalating personal threats made against public health officers throughout the state.

Urgent Update: CDA revises recommendation - Urges California dentists to provide emergency treatment only

New information continues to surface daily about the health environment, shelter-in-place orders and how dentists should respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. In step with Gov. Newsom’s new statewide shelter-in-place order issued March 19, we are revising CDA’s recommendation.

Waiver allows California dentists with recently expired or inactive licenses to administer, order COVID-19 vaccines

The Department of Consumer Affairs on March 30 issued two waivers that expand COVID-19 vaccinator eligibility to include California-licensed dentists and other health care providers with recently expired, inactive or lapsed licenses and health care students, including dental students.

What practice owners should know about unemployment eligibility for employees who don’t comply with COVID-19 vaccine, testing mandates

Conflicting views over mandatory vaccine policies could potentially lead to an employee quitting or getting fired and subsequently filing for unemployment. But whether an employee is still entitled to unemployment benefits if they quit or get fired for not complying with the public order varies on a case-by-case basis.