The four oral health colleges published a joint guidance document to ensure patients continue to receive safe and timely care during the pandemic. Read the document at the link below:
Expert advice on the clinical aspects of COVID-19 comes from public health and governmental authorities. CDSBC’s role, as the regulator, is to signpost to the current guidance from those higher authorities, who regularly release new information about COVID-19. Registrants should refer to the below resources on a regular basis:
An evolving list of
FAQ about COVID-19 for Registrants is available
As we stated last week, a new Order of the Provincial Health Officer (PHO) requires the College of Dental Surgeons of BC (CDSBC) to record the COVID-19 vaccination status of all of its registrants by March 31, 2022.
This Order does not impose a COVID-19 vaccination requirement. Please note that separate public health orders remain in place requiring COVID-19 vaccination for health professionals working in residential care, acute care and community care settings.
In accordance with the Order, CDSBC's registrant data is being matched against the Provincial Immunization Registry. The Ministry of Health is in the process of sharing the results with CDSBC. We anticipate the data will confirm that the overwhelming majority of certified dental assistants, dental therapists, and dentists are fully vaccinated in accordance with public health guidance. No action is required of these registrants.
If a registrant's vaccination status is not confirmed via the data exchange process, we will contact them by email with details of the information required and how to submit it. We ask all registrants to check their email frequently this month to determine if we require further information from them.
If you are a member of the public with questions about the public health order, please contact PHO/Ministry of Health Patient Client Relations:
March 8, 2022
For information only: no action required
A new Order of the Provincial Health Officer (PHO) has been issued “to prevent or reduce the risk of the transmission of infection with SARS-CoV-2 by health professionals."
No action on the part of registrants is required at this time.
The Health Professionals COVID-19 Vaccination Status Information and Preventive Measures Order requires the College of Dental Surgeons of BC (CDSBC) to record the COVID-19 vaccination status of all its certified dental assistants, dental therapists and dentists by March 31, 2022. If requested by CDSBC, registrants must provide proof of vaccination or exemption. It also requires the College to disclose to the PHO or medical health officer, on request, registrant information regarding vaccination status and place of work, either in aggregate or by individual.
CDSBC is currently assessing the specific actions required under the Order. We will provide further information in the next few days. Until that time, we respectfully ask that you do not send us any inquiries or documentation related to the Order or your vaccination status. For more information, we encourage you to read the Order via the Government of BC website.
HOSPITAL AND COMMUNITY (HEALTH CARE AND OTHER SERVICES) COVID-19 VACCINATION STATUS INFORMATION AND PREVENTIVE MEASURES – NOVEMBER 9, 2021 >>
Updated May 28, 2021
In order to receive your second dose of COVID-19 vaccine, you must register in the provincial booking system. Your first dose of vaccine was recorded in the system, and now you must be attached to your registration profile.
To register, please visit
It is important to go back and register if you received your first dose prior to the rollout of the provincial booking system.
You will be notified by e-mail or text when it's time for you to book an appointment for your second dose. If you experience difficulty booking, please call 1-833-838-2323 (open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.) for assistance.
CDSBC has been distributing vaccination invitations from the health authorities to registrants upon request (as we receive them), but is not in charge of the provincial rollout.
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 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)