California Dentists Can Now Get the COVID-19 Vaccine

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The California Department of Public Health says that local health departments and providers should immediately administer COVID-19 vaccines to individuals in all tiers of Phase 1a of the rollout, which includes healthcare workers in dental and other oral health clinics.

“California’s healthcare providers have done incredible work thus far in vaccinating hundreds of thousands of Californians,” said Governor Gavin Newsom.

“On behalf of our state, I thank our hospitals, doctors, nurses, and others for joining us in this all-hands-on-deck commitment to safely and quickly ‘Vaccinate All 58.’ When Californians join together, our spirit of resiliency and innovation always wins,” Newsom said.

“By continuing to take the precautions we need to get through this surge, and by ramping up safe and equitable vaccinations, we can and we will get through this darkest part of the tunnel to the light,” he said.

Phase 1a includes frontline healthcare workers as well as a wide range of people in healthcare stings such as community healthcare workers, public health field staff, primary care clinics, specialty clinics, laboratory workers, and pharmacy staff in addition to dental professionals.

Local health departments and providers also should make special efforts to administer vaccines to vaccinators and consider partnering with others to provide vaccinations for individuals in prioritized tiers, the department said.

California’s Department of Consumer Affairs is now allowing dentists to administer COVID-19 vaccines after they successfully complete training programs through the Centers for Disease Control and Administration and comply with record-keeping and reporting requirements.

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