Empowering dentists to administer COVID-19 vaccines

Marcia V. Rojas-Ramirez, David M. DeVito, Julie W. McKee, Craig S. Miller

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Objectives: To detail how the scope of practice of dentistry was expanded in Kentucky allowing dentists to be rapidly mobilize and join a mass vaccination campaign and administer COVID-19 vaccines to the community. Methods: The processes involving policy change, an emergency administrative regulation, provider training and community action are detailed. Results: In just 21 days from state authorization, dentists from the University of Kentucky organized and trained clinicians to join a mass vaccination effort and provided over 1200 COVID-19 vaccines to the community. Conclusions: As essential healthcare workers, Kentucky dentists joined the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic by participating in a mass vaccination campaign. This communication provides guidance to states, academic institutions, and dentists who are currently in the process of achieving this regulatory change and taking community action. It also provides insights to the benefits of expanding the scope of practice to include vaccination as part of dental services.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)338-344
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Public Health Dentistry
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We acknowledge Dr. Raynor Mullins, Dr. William Lee, Dr. Teresa Boyd and David Bolt for their willingness to listen and help with advocacy regarding vaccination policy change issues.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022 American Association of Public Health Dentistry.


  • dentistry
  • scope of practice
  • vaccines

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry (all)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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