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 COVID-19 Vaccine Updates 

This page will be updated regularly as Harbor Dental Society continues to receive more

information from the county health agencies. 

Please be sure to check back for updates in your area. 

Thank you for being a loyal Harbor member. We are here for you. 

American Dental Association (ADA) COVID-19 updates and Health Policy Institute surveys dentists to measure COVID-19's impact. See results and participate in future polls. 

California Dental Association (CDA) COVID-19 updates

California Department of Public Health (CDPH) COVID-19 updates

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 updates

Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) COVID-19 updates

Dental Board of California updates

 

Update: COVID-19 Vaccine POD Volunteering

As of January 27, the revised DCA waiver has been published, amending the original January 4 waiver.

The revised waiver changes the training requirements for dentists by reducing training time (from 3+ hours down to a little over one hour) and courses needed (previously 4 trainings down to 1 training with three modules) for administration. The updated requirements can be found on CDPH’s website. The revisions also grandfather in dentists who completed the training under the original waiver requirements.

As a reminder, members can access CDA’s Vaccine Administration FAQs for additional resources on completing the trainings, including a troubleshooting guide for obtaining the certificate of completion.

If you are interested in becoming a vaccinator, please click here to learn more about the CDC Vaccine Training.

 

Points of Dispensing (POD) is a site that is used temporarily during public health emergencies to mass dispense preventive medication. These sites may be operated using a combination of volunteers, county staff, and partner staff.

Public Health needs your help staffing POD sites in five locations starting January 19, 2021. Public Volunteers, DPH Staff, and County DSWs with and without clinical licenses are needed to support this effort! Future dates will be added every week. Please check back regularly.

LA County Volunteer Sign-up

Long Beach Volunteer Sign-up 

Orange County Volunteer Sign-up

 


Long Beach COVID-19 Vaccination - First and Second Dose 

 

Important Update on the Second Vaccination Dose: 

The CDC updated the recommendation on the acceptable time between vaccines, stating that the second dose can be administered up to 42 days after the initial dose, with the same efficacy as administration at 21 or 28 days, depending on the vaccine manufacturer. In light of this updated recommendation and shortages in vaccine supplies, some counties may be extending the period between the first and second doses, scheduling second doses outside the 21 or 28-day time frames originally established.

 

The City of Long Beach is following CDC guidelines to distribute the vaccine and is committed to making sure everyone who lives, works in Long Beach can receive a vaccine. Long Beach will notify you when it’s time to schedule the second dose appointment. Once you have received the notification, please check back on the Long Beach website to make an appointment for the second dose. visit VAXLB to schedule your appointment. 

If you do not receive an appointment right away, please sign up to receive email updates - Long Beach will notify you when appointments are available again. According to the CDC, you have up until 42 days to receive the second dose.

The COVID-19 vaccine is one of the most important tools we have available to end the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The City of Long Beach began receiving COVID-19 vaccines in late December 2020 and has started distributing and dispensing the vaccine based on priority.

It is important to continue to take steps to reduce your risk of getting COVID-19 or giving it to others while we wait for a vaccine, and even after a vaccine is available. LBHHS will continue to receive vaccines until everyone in Long Beach who wants to be vaccinated is vaccinated.

 VIEW UPDATES ON THE CITY'S VACCINE STRATEGY
AND LEARN WHEN IT'S YOUR TURN AT 
VAXLB

Vaccine Appointment Information for Long Beach Dental Practices:

Mandatory Proof of Employment: For Long Beach Dentists and Long Beach Dental Staff ONLY.

Please bring a current pay stub and dental license with you to the appointment. All non-healthcare workers will not be admitted for vaccination. 

These vaccination dates are open to the entire dental staff team, (dentists, front office, office managers, RDH, RDA, DA). Please forward this information to your Long Beach employees, they will need to register individually to receive the vaccine. 

** Please note Harbor Dental Society does not manage the sign-up process. It is managed by Long Beach Health Department. We will continue to share information as it becomes available. **


Los Angeles County COVID-19 Vaccination - First and Second Dose

 

Important Update on the Second Vaccination Dose: 

The CDC updated the recommendation on the acceptable time between vaccines, stating that the second dose can be administered up to 42 days after the initial dose, with the same efficacy as administration at 21 or 28 days, (Moderna 28 days, Pfizer 21 days after the first dose), depending on the vaccine manufacturer. In light of this updated recommendation and shortages in vaccine supplies, some counties may be extending the period between the first and second doses, scheduling second doses outside the 21 or 28-day time frames originally established.

 

For individuals that registered at LA City Sites, including Dodger Stadium, residents will receive an email and text from Carbon Health within the next two weeks with information about their second appointment. Those whose second appointments are due earlier will be prioritized for notification.

 

For those individuals who were vaccinated at other sites across the county, including pharmacies, hospitals, and health centers, the recommendation is for the individual to please contact the provider or site where they were vaccinated if they have not heard from them about their second dose appointment. 

 

For more information, visit: www.VaccinateLACounty.com or visit https://myturn.ca.gov/ to schedule an appointment.

 

Vaccination Registration Details for LA County Dental Practices:

Harbor Dental Society has just confirmed that the LA County Vaccine Allocation Phase 1A, Tier 3 has rolled out for Monday, January 11, 2021.

As of Monday, January 11, All Dental Healthcare Workers in LA County can make an appointment to be vaccinated at:  http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/acd/ncorona2019/vaccine/HCWSignup/ 

New appointments will be added as they become available. Harbor Dental Society will continue to send you updates as they become available. Thank you for your patience during this fluid and challenging situation as we move upward and onward together.

 

** Please note Harbor Dental Society does not manage the sign-up process. It is managed by the LACDPH. We will continue to share information as it becomes available. **


Orange County COVID-19 Vaccination - First and Second Dose 

 

Important Update on the Second Vaccination Dose: 

The CDC updated the recommendation on the acceptable time between vaccines, stating that the second dose can be administered up to 42 days after the initial dose, with the same efficacy as administration at 21 or 28 days, depending on the vaccine manufacturer. In light of this updated recommendation and shortages in vaccine supplies, some counties may be extending the period between the first and second doses, scheduling second doses outside the 21 or 28-day time frames originally established.

 

COVID-19 VACCINATIONS AT DISNEYLAND RESORT SUPER POD SITE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

All residents are encouraged to register to be notified when the County of Orange’s vaccine and testing management app, Othena, has appointments available and is ready for their use by visiting https://othena.com/individuals.php and filling out the online form.

Below is the information regarding the Orange County link to register for the vaccination via CuraPatient. A few things to remember:

  • If the site is closed, that means there are no appointments available. You will need to keep trying as OCHCA opens up appointments.
  • You do NOT NEED an invitation code. You just need to make sure you fill out the form correctly (it will highlight in red if you do not fill it out correctly). For the address, pick the address that it populates to. When the submit is highlighted blue, you may click on it and proceed.
  • You will not receive an email confirmation. The confirmation will be in the Othena app, which you will need to download. It is available for iPhones and should be available for Android this week. You will log in using the email and password you created during registration. 
  • Your second shot will be created through the Othena app. It will notify you when your appointment should be scheduled.
  • Othena should be available for Android this week.
  •  For the Irvine location, we hear that is is easier to take an Uber or be dropped off.

** Please note Harbor Dental Society does not manage the sign-up process or the vaccination distribution. It is managed by the OCHCA. We will continue to share information as it becomes available. **

When you go to your appointment please bring your photo ID and one of the following:

  • Professional License
  • Payroll stub or payroll report
  • Letter from employer on letterhead that states you work for that employer
  • Business card or some other proof that you are employed at the dental office

 Learn about Othena  

Watch Othena in action  

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Consider work shifts when scheduling to get vaccinated
  • Plan for unscheduled time off — specifically for staff with specialized skillsets — if individuals experience COVID-19 vaccine-related side effects
  • It is recommended that people who had and recovered from COVID-19 still get the vaccine because there is no reliable data on getting reinfected. If you've had COVID-19 in the past 90 days, you can postpone getting your vaccine until that 90-day window has elapsed.
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Resources can be found here
  • Distribution Plans 
  • Vaccine Resources

 

Business Relief, Funding, Loans

  • SBA and Treasury Announce PPP Re-Opening; Issue New Guidance - To promote access to capital, initially only community financial institutions will be able to make First Draw PPP Loans on Monday, January 11 and Second Draw PPP Loans on Wednesday, January 13. The PPP will open to all participating lenders shortly thereafter. Updated PPP guidance outlining Program changes to enhance its effectiveness and accessibility was released on January 6 in accordance with the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Non-Profits, and Venues Act.
  • California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program
  • SBA Coronavirus Relief Options including PPP, EIDL, SBA Express Bridge Loans, SBA Debt Relief
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce Guide to Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Loans

Covid-19 Resources - Local, State, National

PPE

  • The PPE Unite™ program distributes valuable face masks, hand sanitizer, and face shields to eligible small businesses in the County of Los Angeles. Sign up here.
  • ADA PPE Delivery Registration

ADA Free Webinar: Vaccinations by Dentists: A New Role in Primary Care on Wednesday, January 27 at Noon CT. Register here. Presented by the ADA Council on Advocacy for Access & Prevention.

 


NEW! ADA Vaccination Information Resources:

NEW COVID-19 Vaccination Employer FAQs

Review answers to common questions among practice owners about COVID-19 vaccines and the dental team.

Download legal FAQs

 

NEW COVID-19 Vaccination Employee Dentist FAQs

Read answers to common questions among employee dentists about COVID-19 vaccines in the workplace.

Download employee FAQs

 

ADA Resources and News Updates

ADA PPE request site - https://registration.experientevent.com/showDEN202

CDT Codes for 2021

Update | OSHA Guidance for Dentistry Workers and Employers  

Q&A: OSHA Guidance for Dental Workplaces

Summary of Reporting Work-Related COVID-19 Illnesses for OSHA

Patient education materials on what to expect before, during and after their visit

Return to Work Interim Guidance Toolkit (Updated 7/23/2020)

CDC Guidance for Dental Settings Echoes ADA Guidance

COVID-19 Hazard Assessment & Checklist

Online Course: Return to Work Interim Guidance Toolkit Q&A

CDA Resources

 TDSC – The Dentist Supply Company

TDIC – The Dentist Insurance Company

TDIC – What Policyholders Need to Know


COVID-19 Updates from Local Sites:

COVID-19 County, State, Federal Sites:

LOCAL Testing Sites: L.A. County is continuing to add more COVID-19 testing sites to serve all residents of our communities. Testing is available by appointment only! As of today, the following testing sites are accepting appointments and are fully operational. Please see the list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding COVID-19 Testing for more information. 

 Register for Testing: Anyone interested in getting tested must first register on the Website. At this time, testing is limited to residents of L.A. County who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. 

 

HOW TO PROPERLY PUT ON AND TAKE OFF A DISPOSABLE RESPIRATOR

For those treating emergency patients of record and for our specialists taking the most serious of dental emergencies, here is a refresher on How to Properly Put on and Take off a Disposable Respirator

 CDC has posted strategies for optimizing PPE: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/ppe-strategy/index.html

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