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

Second DCA waiver clears dental students to administer COVID-19 vaccines under supervision

April 06, 2021 3900

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. 

Dentists with expired, inactive licenses can order, administer COVID-19 vaccines

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:

  • Held an active license or certification within the last five years
  • Held a license that was active and in good standing (not revoked or surrendered) prior to the date it lapsed, expired or became inactive.
  • Orders or administers a vaccine in association with a state or local COVID-19 vaccination effort and successfully completes the required COVID-19 training programs
  • Has a current certificate in basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • Complies with all other applicable requirements listed in the waiver

Dental students can administer COVID-19 vaccines under supervision

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:

  • Administers the vaccines in association with a state or local COVID-19 vaccination effort
  • Is appropriately trained in administering vaccines in accordance with the student’s school or training program
  • Is supervised by a currently practicing health care professional who is experienced in administering intramuscular injections
  • Completes the required COVID-19 training programs
  • Has a current certificate in basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • Complies with all other requirements listed in the waiver

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.