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A dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is prepared. A federal declaration now allows licensed dentists throughout the country to vaccinate the public against COVID-19, regardless of state laws that prevent dentists from doing so. (Photo: Lisa Ferdinando, U.S. Secretary of Defense)

HHS authorizes dentists and dental students to give COVID-19 vaccines

By Dental Tribune USA
March 12, 2021

WAHINGTON, U.S.: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is amending an emergency declaration under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act to authorize additional providers, including dentists and dental students, to vaccinate patients for COVID-19 nationwide, according to a March 11 announcement in the Federal Register.

To date, 28 states already enlist dentists to administer the COVID-19 vaccines during the COVID-19 public health emergency. The federal declaration allows licensed dentists throughout the country to vaccinate the public against COVID-19, regardless of state laws that prevent dentists from doing so.

The American Dental Association sent a letter on Feb. 11 to HHS on this issue, and the ADA was also part of a September 2020 coalition letter asking for the same liability protection.

“Dentists already have the requisite knowledge and skills to administer vaccines and observe side effects — and many do so on a daily basis,” wrote ADA President Daniel J. Klemmedson, DDS, MD, and ADA Executive Director Kathleen T. O’Loughlin, DMD, in the February letter. “Dentists are well educated in human anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology, and are trained to administer intra-oral local anesthesia. It is arguably more difficult to administer an inferior alveolar nerve block inside the oral cavity than to vaccinate an exposed arm and manage any side effects.”

The White House said March 11 the administration will be expanding the pool of qualified professionals able to administer shots to include dentists and other providers. During his presidential address that night, President Joe Biden announced a goal to make “every adult in the U.S. eligible for vaccination no later than May 1.” He also vowed to increase the number of places Americans can get vaccinated, including increasing the total number of participating community health centers to 950, and plans to double the number of federally run mass vaccination centers.

The Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act, or PREP Act, allows the Health and Human Services Secretary to issue a declaration in a public health emergency. This declaration provides temporary immunity from tort liability claims (except willful misconduct) to individuals or organizations involved in the manufacture, distribution or dispensing of medical countermeasures, which may include vaccines. This declaration may be amended as circumstances warrant.

During the COVID-19 public health emergency, a declaration was first issued in January 2020 by former HHS Secretary Alex Azar.

On March 11, Acting HHS Secretary Norris Cochran amended the declaration to designate additional health care professionals, including dentists and students, as “qualified persons” who are authorized to administer COVID-19 vaccines.

Other qualified providers include midwives, paramedics, EMTs, physician assistants, respiratory therapists, podiatrists, optometrists and veterinarians. The amended declaration also includes retired or nonpracticing health care providers who have had active licenses or certifications within the last five years as long as they were in good standing prior to the license becoming inactive, expired or lapsed.

The ADA has created a fact sheet for dentists and dental team members about the status and safety of COVID-19 vaccines, available here. The ADA continues to monitor developments related to COVID-19 vaccine authorization and administration on behalf of the profession and public. Visit for the latest information.

For more information about the ADA’s advocacy efforts during COVID-19, visit

(Source: American Dental Association)

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  2. Krutik says:

    My father’s age is 53 year he had his Covid19 report yesterday and his N gene(ct) is 24 and orf gene(ct) is 25 so may you please let me know how much infected he is and how much he is at risk

  3. El tres por ciento de operadores infectados?

  4. Ricci says:

    Juste pour vous remercier pour cet article.. Je suis ex infirmière et naturopathe.. J’ai eu des problèmes de santé suite à une sensibilite au Titane.. L’implant est retiré, j’ai bon espoir bien cordialement Béatrice

  5. Jamieson McCormack says:

    I recently went through a trauma and all my top teeth are restorations. There’s still a lot of tooth structure under them, if that helps for using any pulp that’s there.

    They’re just so sensitive, it’s agony to eat. I’d give anything to live and enjoy food normally again. Or, to at least have my front 6 teeth back.

    I am 34, F, no health concerns. If I could be a good candidate for the human trials, I’d love to be considered.

  6. Sara Soto Manuelo says:

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  7. Liliana Santiago says:

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  8. Kim Herremans says:

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  9. Dott. Diego Laguardia says:

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