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 21, 2022, 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 October 24th, 2022. 

OHA Requirements
Oregon Health Authority requires masking in all health care facilities, including dental offices. This is a permanent rule that is not affected by guidance from other agencies (CDC, OR-OSHA or otherwise). You can view the permanent rule here, and FAQ here. This is not a recommendation and note that the rule applies to patients as well as your staff. It is a permanent rule that carries fines and civil penalties. 

OR-OSHA adopted permanent rules recently, which includes masking requirements for health care providers performing AGPs. This document references back to CDC guidance. We have confirmed with OR-OSHA that providers should use their best clinical judgement when determining appropriate level of PPE (i.e. when to use an N95) based on community transmission levels, vaccination status of a patient, COVID risks, procedure, etc. Providers should always use N95 respirators when treating COVID-19 positive patients. 

Employers are no longer required by OR-OSHA to screen and triage all individuals entering its healthcare setting for symptoms of COVID-19. However, please note the section 4(m)(b) on medical removal benefits for employees- employers who continue to screen out COVID-19 patients are exempt from these benefits. These benefits also do not apply to small employers with fewer than 10 employees.

CDC Changes
The CDC did recently update their recommendations for masking in health care settings. It is important to note that the CDC has two maps on COVID levels in communities. For their health care recommendations, they use the Community Transmission map. The recommendations made by the CDC do not trump OHA or OR-OSHA rules or requirements. 

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