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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.

Dentists in California, nationwide increasingly join COVID-19 vaccination efforts

CDA advocacy placed California ahead of the curve for enabling dentists to vaccinate individuals against COVID-19 when the Department of Consumer Affairs granted a public health emergency waiver on Jan. 4. Other states soon followed, passing legislation or issuing waivers and governors’ executive orders that allow dentists to administer the COVID-19 vaccines.

COVID-19 vaccine updates: Vaccinator opportunities to increase for dentists; CDC adds training module covering Johnson & Johnson vaccine

An expected increase in California’s COVD-19 vaccine supply together with more efficient allocation of the vaccine through the new Statewide Vaccine Network are likely to affect dentists in two important ways in the coming weeks to next several months.

California RDHs approved to administer COVID-19 vaccine under direct supervision of dentist

The Department of Consumer Affairs on Feb. 11 approved a public health emergency waiver that allows registered dental hygienists in California to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to individuals 16 and older under the supervision of an eligible vaccine provider, such as a dentist, licensed physician or surgeon.

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.

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. 

FDA says manufacturer failed to comply with medical device reporting related to respirator decontamination

The manufacturer of a decontamination system used to decontaminate certain N95 respirators for health care personnel received a warning notice last week from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for “failure to comply with regulatory requirements for medical device reporting.”

ADA issues guidance on applying for federal certification to offer COVID-19 testing in-office

The American Dental Association has released a COVID-19 & Lab Testing Requirements Toolkit to aid dentists who are interested in incorporating rapid point-of-care testing in their practice. To assist members with California-specific requirements, CDA’s Clinical Care Workgroup will release additional POC testing guidance next month.

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.

Dentists can register to help with state’s COVID-19 pandemic response

California health care providers will be challenged to meet the needs of millions of people during the COVID-19 pandemic, with active cases expected to surpass the medical capability of the state to respond within its normal workforce. Dentists, with their knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and sterile surgical techniques, are invaluable to meet this need.

CARES Act signed into law, will provide targeted relief for dentists, dental teams

President Trump on Friday, March 27, signed into law the third legislative relief package developed by lawmakers to respond to the economic crisis created by the novel coronavirus pandemic. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (HR 748), also known as the CARES Act, is a nearly $2 trillion "Wartime" stimulus intended to protect employers, workers and businesses. CDA is extremely pleased that the legislation appears to give dentists more of the kind of support they need to maintain their practices and protect themselves and their employees.

Labor department releases required poster, issues first guidance on coronavirus response act

The U.S. Department of Labor has released the first of periodic guidance to help employers and employees understand their obligations and protections under phase II of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which will take effect April 1. Among other provisions, phase II will require most employers with fewer than 500 employees to provide 12 weeks of protected leave to eligible employees who are unable to work because their child’s school or place of care is closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.