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The State of California has detailed information about California’s vaccine program on their website.

Consistent with media reporting, the first initial vaccine allocation is limited. California received 327,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine in the first shipment, which has been designated for priority distribution to frontline healthcare personnel and long-term care residents, in accordance with the California Department of Public Health Allocation Guidelines for COVID-19 Vaccine During Phase 1A. 

The regional distribution is shown in this link

Additional shipments of the vaccines are expected in the coming weeks. CDHA is closely monitoring the disbursement plans and will continue to keep you up-to-date when it is slated to become available to the dental workforce. 

COVID-19 vaccines are meant to prevent you from getting COVID-19 and from spreading the virus to others. The ability of COVID-19 vaccines to protect us from transmitting it to others is not yet fully known, and is being carefully studied.

Until we know more, CDHA encourages you to continue to take all infection control precautions as recommended by state and national public health agencies regardless if you have been vaccinated. 

For Additional Information

California Department of Public Health's COVID-19 Resources

California Dental Association's COVID-19 Resources

Vaccine Administration by RDHs

In mid-February, the Department of Consumer Affairs approved the waiver allowing RDHs to administer the COVID vaccine. You can view the waiver here.

The waiver specifically outlines the requirements for RDHs who wish to become part of the vaccination work force.  CDHA has contacted the Department of for further information as it pertains to the required six-hour course. Details have not been provided as to course availability and costs.

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