The B.C. Ministry of Health and the Office of the Provincial Health Officer regularly release new information about COVID-19. Registrants should refer to this information regularly, along with the guidance for health professionals from the BC Centre for Disease Control. Access these updates at the links below:
Expert advice on the clinical aspects of COVID-19 should and will continue to come from federal and provincial health and other governmental authorities. Our role, as the regulator is to provide clear signposting to the current guidance provided by those higher authorities.
An evolving list of
FAQ about COVID-19 for Registrants is available
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has
issued a public health order expanding the number of health professions who are able to administer a COVID-19 vaccine. Dentists are among the health professionals listed in the order, which also includes dental hygienists, midwives, retired registered nurses, nursing/midwifery students, podiatrists, anesthesia assistants, medical lab technologists/assistants and pharmacy technicians.
CDSBC will provide further information on this as it becomes available.
This order is provided as part of a wider public health initiative that will be overseen by the health authorities. According to the February 23
joint statement from Dr. Henry and Minister Dix, the province is preparing for widespread mass vaccinations, beginning in April: “We are moving forward carefully and thoughtfully to ensure our systems and our health authorities have the tools and resources to take on the significant task ahead."
The order sets out specific requirements, including that the immunization program will be approved by the medical health officer for that geographic area. It sets out both the mandatory training that is required, as well as specific limits for the different health professions. Further details are available in the order.
The order, titled “Regulated and Unregulated Health Professionals SARS-CoV-2 Immunization Order – February 23, 2021," is issued under the Health Professions General Regulation. It does not include health professionals who can normally provide immunization services under their health profession regulations.
Read the order here >>
It is important to note that this order is provided in the context of a mass vaccination program. At this time, we do not have reason to believe vaccinations will take place within private dental offices.
This document is based on the latest available best practice and scientific evidence about this emerging disease and may change as new information becomes available. Edits will be noted in the schedule of changes on the last page of the document.
BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC):Information line: 1-833-784-4397
Public Health Agency of Canada information line:
The World Health Organization has published a document titled
Considerations for the provision of essential oral health services. The document speaks to ventilation in oral health care facilities as follows:“Adequate ventilation in oral health care facilities reduces the risk of transmission in closed settings. According to the type of ventilation available (mechanical or natural), increase ventilation and airflow (door closed, adequate exhaust ventilation, negative pressure or mechanically ventilated equivalent air exchange capacity in room where possible - an average of 6-12 air exchanges per hour)