With vaccinations proceeding at a sluggish pace and intensive care units stressed to the breaking point, the idea of dentists administering vaccinations continues to gain momentum. A new report details advocacy efforts from the California Dental Association (CDA) to make this possibility a reality.
According to the CDA, vaccinations would most likely happen at hospital settings, clinics, and vaccination sites that are expected to be set up to meet the demand for the vaccine, rather than dental offices. “Dentists are ready, willing and able to help administer COVID-19 vaccinations to the public,” CDA President Judee Tippett-Whyte, DDS, said in the statement. “We can help with surge capacity at clinics and vaccinations sites – wherever we’re needed to quickly administer vaccinations and save lives.”
In a report from San Francisco KRON, reporter Alexa Mae Asperin points out that, “dentists already have the ability to practice outside of their traditional scope of practice during declared states of emergency, under the implied or express direction of government entities…As of Monday January 4th, only about 1% of California’s 40 million residents have been vaccinated against the coronavirus.”