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State, local COVID-19 vaccination orders still apply to California dental practices

December 01, 2021 3616
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Although federal OSHA delayed its rule requiring COVID-19 vaccination for workers at larger employers across the U.S. following court action on Nov. 12, dental practices in California, regardless of their size, should continue to follow state and any applicable local vaccination and testing orders that are already in effect.

The California Department of Public Health issued an order in July requiring workers at specified health care settings, including dental offices, to either be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit to weekly testing. Compliance became mandatory Aug. 23, and the order does not have an end date.

Stricter orders are in effect in Los Angeles and San Francisco counties and the cities of Berkeley and Pasadena. Those orders require workers in dental offices and other specified health care settings to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with no option for weekly testing, unless they qualify for a health or religious exemption. Any exemption must be documented.

For a quick summary of the CDPH and county orders, the Cal/OSHA emergency temporary standard and the federal orders from OSHA and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, along with their respective issue and compliance dates, see the CDA resource Regulations and Orders Related to COVID-19 Vaccination.

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