State Announces COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement for Health Care Workers, Including Dental Offices
Gov. Jay Inslee announced a requirement for workers in private health care (including dental offices) and long-term care settings, in addition to most state workers, contractors, and volunteers, to be fully vaccinated with a recommended COVID-19 vaccine by October 18, 2021.
See Proclamation 21-14
June 30 Reopening Update for Dental Offices
On June 30, Washington state entered the “Washington Ready” phase of COVID-19 reopening, which allows many sectors of public and private life to return to usual capacity and operations with some exceptions. Updated statewide facial covering requirements from the Secretary of Health also took effect.
As health care settings — which are exempted from many of the new reopening and masking guidelines — dental offices are still required to follow enhanced COVID-19 safety and masking requirements.
Masks are Still Required in All Health Care Settings, Regardless of Vaccination Status
Under the Secretary of Health’s updated mask order, all people, regardless of vaccination status, are still required to wear masks in certain places, such as schools and health care settings. Read a press release from the Secretary of Health here and the full text of the updated mask order here.
The Department of Health has released this "When do you need your mask?" flyer, which you may find helpful to share with patients who ask about the continued masking requirements in your office.
Dental Offices Must Still Follow Proclamation 20-24.2
Health care settings, including dental offices, must continue to follow guidelines as outlined in Proclamation 20-24.2 “Reducing Restrictions on, and Safe Expansion of, Non-Urgent Medical and Dental Procedures,” which remains in effect as of June 30.
A detailed summary of Proclamation 20-24.2 is available for all WSDA members here. Washington Dentists: Not a member? Join WSDA today.
Proclamation Summary & Resources
ADA Update to Office Procedures During COVID-19
The ADA's new “Update to Office Procedures During COVID-19” toolkit walks dentists through necessary safety procedures including staff and patient screening, hazard assessments and cleaning protocols. This is an exclusive resource for ADA members and requires member login to access.