EUGENE, Ore. -- Oregon is the only state in the nation where your dentist is authorized to give you a vaccine other than a flu shot, and moving with the times, those who are certified will be able to give you your coronavirus vaccine when it's your turn.
Right now 100 community dentists can give vaccines along with 200 Oregon Health & Science University dentistry school students and staff, but those with local dental societies hope to see that number increase greatly.
All dentists who are able to give vaccines have to be able to store them properly and keep records. OHSU certifies whether a dentist has completed the appropriate training, and the Oregon Health Authority is the entity responsible for additional requirements.
Only certified dentists who have the proper storage for the COVID-19 vaccine will be able to offer it. Pfizer's vaccine has to be kept at negative 80 degrees.
"Last year the state of Oregon made history by passing and implementing House Bill 2220, which empowers dentists to offer vaccines to their patients and allows access to life-saving immunization for all Oregonians," said Purvis.
He also said that it's unclear where dentists and dental office employees fall in the lineup for receiving the vaccine themselves so it's quite a ways away before we find out which dentists will be able to vaccinate.
On Jan. 15, the Lane County Dental Society and OHSU's dental program are partnering for a hands-on immunization training where any dentist can register to become certified in administering vaccines at their practice.
Lane County Dental Society dentists get first priority for the training.