COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Dental Offices | Washington State Dental Association (WSDA)
COVID-19 Vaccine Updates

COVID-19 Vaccine Required for Washington Health Care Workers

In August 2021, Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced that workers in private health care (including dental offices) and long-term care settings, in addition to most state workers, contractors, and volunteers, must be fully vaccinated with a recommended COVID-19 vaccine.

WSDA has created sample religious and medical accommodation forms for members. While these forms were reviewed by WSDA legal counsel, members should review these forms and the legal disclosure in their entirety before determining if or how they should be used.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Volunteer Guide

WSDA has put together the following Vaccine Volunteer Guide to help dentists prepare to assist as volunteers administering COVID-19 vaccines.

Please note: This guide is intended for those who are interested in volunteering to administer vaccines in support of an enrolled provider’s vaccination effort (such as at a vaccination clinic). Please be aware that there are additional requirements not included in this guide for those wanting to enroll in the federal COVID-19 Vaccination Program.

Who Is Authorized to Administer the COVID-19 Vaccine?

  • Dentists
  • Dental Students
  • Hygienists

*The Washington State Department of Health’s List of Providers Authorized to Administer Vaccines Chart includes important information regarding the different requirements for all authorized providers/students according to the source of their authorization. Please note that according to the Department, you may be authorized under two columns on the chart. If you are authorized under two columns, both are legally valid alternative pathways to administering vaccines, but one of the columns may have less burdensome requirements for you to meet. If you meet the requirements of one column, you do not need to meet the requirements of another column.

What is Required?

  • Dentists with an Active License
  • Dentists with an Expired/Inactive License

COVID-19 Vaccination Training Resources

How Do I Sign Up to Volunteer?

Providers can register with the WA Department of Health as a volunteer to be notified as opportunities become available. Sign up for the WAserv Volunteer Registry. Please visit the WAserv FAQ page or contact with questions.

WAserv Volunteer Registry

Professional Liability: What to Know

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DQAC Interpretive Statement

The Dental Quality Assurance Commission (DQAC) has released its interpretive statement regarding dentists administering the COVID-19 vaccine.

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Member Toolkit: Talking with Your Patients About COVID-19 Vaccines

The ADA has developed resources to help dentists and their teams educate patients about how the vaccine works, answer questions, correct misinformation and connect them to local vaccination sites. ADA members can access the toolkit here.

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