Final Vaccination Rule Excludes Dentistry
The permanent version of the rule that requires employees at certain health care facilities in Maine be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 does not include those who work at dental practices. Dentistry was part of the emergency rule, which expired November 10, but has now been taken out after the final rulemaking process and public comment period.
A FAQ page about the rule, which you can find HERE
, includes the question, "Why does the final Maine DHHS rule eliminate Dental Practices?" It says, "Upon review of the data and comments that were submitted on jurisdiction, the Maine DHHS removed dental health practices from this rule."
It is up to each individual practice whether they institute a COVID-19 vaccine policy.
You can see the final vaccination rule HERE
. The MDA will update members with any additional details.
MDA Employment Assistance Database
To assist our member dentists with workforce issues, the Maine Dental Association is maintaining a database that will include hygienists, assistants, office managers, and staff candidate information that member offices can reference. Those individuals looking for a position within a dental office and dental offices looking for staff members can go to www.medental.org/mda-employment-assistance
and fill out the appropriate forms to be included in the database. The MDA hopes this member benefit will help to connect dental offices with potential employment candidates.