Coronavirus Resources

For resources regarding Personal Protective Equipment, please visit our PPE Resource page here.

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

For a full list of past communications, please visit our Coronavirus Updates page here.

Healthcare Worker Vaccine Mandate

On August 25, 2021, the Oregon Health Authority released the revised rules for the vaccine mandate for health care providers. The new rules require all healthcare providers to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by October 18, 2021, without a weekly testing alternative. You can read the rules here, and view OHA's FAQ on the rules here

A few highlights of the rules:

  • Rules explicitly note they replace the previous testing rules released Aug. 5, 2021
  • Rules removes the weekly testing alternative
  • Requires compliance by Oct. 18, 2021 (but allows employers to require vaccination sooner than that)
  • Prescribes the documentation required for a religious exemption and medical exemption. These documents are available on OHA's website here
  • Allows employer to add additional requirements, like a booster shot
  • The rules apply to all healthcare professionals, including office and administrative staff
The ODA is offering a complimentary webinar on Wednesday, September 8, at 6:00pm, to help our members navigate these new rules. Saalfeld-Griggs attorney David Briggs will discuss the employment law implications of the vaccine mandate for healthcare workers in Oregon. Learn more and register here. This webinar will be recorded and made available for reference following the live stream. This webinar is not eligible for CE credit. Please note that this course is unavailable to non-ODA member dentists. 
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 July 22, 2021. 
  • N95 respirator requirements (OR-OSHA Requirements, OHA Recommendations, CDC Recommendations)
  • Aerosol Generating Procedures (AGPs) for Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 Patients
  • Masks in the Dental Office
  • Barriers in the Dental Office
  • Screening of Patients and Employees for COVID-19 Symptoms
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