Patient Care

3 Important Reasons For Adults to Get Vaccinated

Encourage vaccination with this flyer from the CDC.

About This Toolkit

This toolkit was created to help dentists determine whether administering COVID-19 tests in their office is appropriate for their practice. 

ADA COVID-19 Practice Ethics Guide

Here’s how the ADA Code of Ethics applies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cal/OSHA Regulation on Aerosol Transmissible Diseases

Compliance requirements for preventing transmission of aerosol transmissible diseases (ATDs) at health care facilities. 

COVID Addendum to the IIPP

This sample addendum to the injury and illness prevention plan has been updated for consistency with the Cal/OSHA nonemergency COVID-19 prevention regulation effective in 2023. Updated June 2024.

COVID-19 Booster Declination Form

This form should be used in tandem with your Mandatory COVID-19 Booster Policy.


COVID-19 Isolation and Exposure Protocol

On Jan. 9, 2024, CDPH updated its COVID-19 guidance documents on isolation and on testing. Cal/OSHA, on the same date, revised its FAQs which explain how CDPH changes impact the nonemergency COVID-19 Prevention regulation. CDPH changed the definition of “isolation period,” thus creating the possibility of a shorter isolation period for infected individuals. Cal/OSHA reinforced testing requirements for employees who are symptomatic at work or have close contact exposures at the workplace. Masks must be worn at the workplace by employees who return to work 10 or fewer days after they first experienced symptoms or had a positive test.

COVID-19 Mandatory Policy Instructions for Employers and Sample Mandatory Vaccination Policy

Employers may require employees to be vaccinated for COVID-19 as long as they engage in the interactive process with any employee who requests a reasonable accommodation

COVID-19 Mask, Screening and Physical Distancing FAQ

Answers to members’ top questions about physical distancing, patient screening, the use of face coverings, and other COVID-19 prevention requirements.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information and Communication Resources

Links to external resources.

COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit

Resources to inform patients and the public about COVID-19 Vaccinations and Boosters for offices both offering vaccines and supporting vaccination. Resources include infographics, flyers, sample promotional language, addressing hesitancy, and answers to common questions.

Disinfecting the Operatory

 Follow these step-by-step instructions for cleaning, disinfecting the operatory.

Employee Screening for COVID-19

This recommendation is current as of August 1, 2022.

Employers should continue to evaluate employee health regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status.

Employer Vaccine and Booster Policies and Best Practices

Understand best practices regarding employee vaccination, including vaccine policies, employer mandates and employee vaccine reactions.

Face Coverings and Disability Accommodations

Information for those dental practices subject to local masking orders or who have implemented mask-required policies.

Flu Information for Health Professionals

Key information for health care professionals on vaccination and prevention of the flu.

How to Pay Staff During COVID-19 Related Absence

Covers how employers must pay staff during a COVID-related illness, exposure or quarantine, time off to receive or recover from the COVID-19 vaccine, or to seek a diagnosis. 

In-Office Vaccine Administration Resources

Below are resources and start-up guides developed to help vaccine providers begin ordering and administering vaccines to patients.

Introduction to Hand Hygiene

Intro to Hand Hygiene to help protect you and your patients.

Local Public Health Department Orders Related to COVID-19, Flu

A list of local public health department orders related to COVID-19 vaccination and masking and to mandatory influenza vaccination which affect dental practices within their respective jurisdiction.

Mandatory COVID-19 Booster Policy

If you have made the decision to require your employees to receive the COVID-19 Vaccine Booster, you can use the policy addendum below as an addition to your existing vaccination policy.

Mask and Respirator Types

A visual resource that provides information on various masks and respirators.  A downloadable and printer-friendly version is available.

Masks Optional Sign

Mask optional for patients and visitors as of April 3, 2023.

New employment laws related to COVID-19 affect California dental practices

Two COVID-19 response bills related to employee notification and workers’ compensation were signed last week by Gov. Gavin Newsom and affect dental practice owners. 

Patient Screening

Screening patients and other visitors is an essential part of COVID-19 infection prevention. Dental practices must also perform screening in compliance with Cal/OSHA regulations.

Putting On and Taking Off PPE

CDC Guidance for Donning and Doffing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)