Coronavirus Resources

For more information about dentists administering vaccines, including the COVID-19 vaccine, please visit our Vaccine Resource page here

Healthcare Worker Vaccine Mandate

As of October 18, 2021, all healthcare providers must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, or must have a qualifying exemption, per Oregon Health Authority (OHA) rule. The rules define fully vaccinated as having received both doses of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine or one dose of a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine and at least 14 days have passed since the individual’s final dose of COVID-19 vaccine. The rules can be read here and here. View OHA’s FAQ on the rules here.

Healthcare Worker Vaccine Mandate Resources

What are the latest requirements and recommendations for Oregon dental practices operating within the COVID-19 pandemic?

Many regulatory authorities have recently changed or updated their guidance and rules related to dental office requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic. Below is a summary of the latest information, current as of August 8th, 2022.

As of March 2022, Oregon OSHA has proposed amendments to Adjusted Rules Addressing the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency in All Workplaces. The proposed amendments keep intact mask requirements, as dental offices fall under the exceptional risk workplace category. Employers are required to provide masks to employees at no cost.

Employers must facilitate COVID-19 testing for workers if a worker is directed to test by their employer. Employers must also cover the cost of testing, including time and travel.

Employers should also:

  • Continue to optimize the use of ventilation systems to help reduce the risk of COVID19 transmission
  • Follow OHA, public health, or medical provider recommendations for isolation or quarantine of employees for COVID-19
  • Provide notice to workers who have had a potential work-related exposure to COVID19 within 24 hours.

Previous requirements tying N95 respirator usage during Aerosol Generating Procedures to  CDC COVID Community Transmission Levels have been eliminated. Providers are now directed to utilize CDC PPE optimization strategies, which consider PPE availability, and provider discretion to determine appropriate PPE level for non-COVID positive patients. N95 respirators are no longer blanket-required for AGPs unless the patient is known or expected to be COVID-19 positive. Providers should always use N95 respirators when treating COVID-19 positive patients. Additionally, masks for all individuals in the dental office are still required.

Employers are required OR-OSHA to screen and triage all individuals entering its healthcare setting for symptoms of COVID-19.

Providers should follow best practices, take due diligence to evaluate risk, and make good faith efforts to provide adequate protection to your employees. Document, document, document your decisions!

Please note: There are additional requirements of dental offices not included here, such as infection control plans and respirator programs. This summary is intended to provide a high-level overview of recent changes and frequently asked questions. Please review the full guidance for additional details. 

ADA and ODA Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Resources

OHA and OR-OSHA Resources

Wellness Resources