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.
Both waivers took effect immediately and are intended to assist the state’s COVID-19 vaccination efforts by increasing the pool of qualified vaccinators. Dentists with current, active licenses have been vaccinating against COVID-19 since Jan. 4 following an earlier DCA waiver that CDA helped to secure.
DCA waiver 21-140 allows dentists, physicians, registered nurses and other health care providers with inactive, expired or lapsed licenses to independently order and administer any COVID-19 vaccine approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as long as the individual:
DCA waiver 21-139 allows students in a health care profession training program to administer any FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine as long as the student:
The Biden administration last month expanded COVID-19 vaccinator eligibility at the federal level to include health care students provided they receive proper training and have professional supervision. CDA continued to work with the governor’s office and the DCA to determine what, if any, additional California-specific training requirements dental students will need to complete before they could administer the vaccines in California. CDA supports the latest waiver that clarifies those requirements.