February 24, 2021
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.