FEMA Asks Academy of General Dentistry for Vaccination Volunteers

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has asked the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) to find assistance in administering 100 million COVID-19 vaccinations in 100 days, according to the AGD.

Currently, FEMA is asking volunteers to commit to serving 14 consecutive days for deployment. There currently is nationwide licensure reciprocity in place to mobilize credentialed and licensed professionals to work in other states following minimal registration requirements.

The Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Act has been enacted to provide liability immunity for dental professionals administering the COVID-19 vaccine. FEMA will cover most of the costs to send volunteers to sites where help is needed, though dentists will not be paid to administer the vaccine.

The states and territories most in need include:

  • American Samoa
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Illinois
  • Maryland
  • Nevada
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Tennessee
  • The Virgin Islands

Of that list, states that allow dentists to vaccinate include California, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, and Oregon.

Volunteers can fill out an online form and email it to FEMA. Volunteers also may contact AGD manager of dental practice and policy Jeanie Kennedy for more information.

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