Dentists Can Provide Vaccinations and How to Register

We thought we would publish this on our website from the latest TSBDE newsletter received today.  The PREP Act was changed back on March 11.

Becoming a COVID-19 Vaccine Provider

The latest amendment to the PREP Act expands qualified persons that may administer COVID-19 vaccines. Any dentist who has held an active license or certification within the last five years, which is inactive, expired or lapsed, so long as the license or certification was active and in good standing prior to the date it went inactive, expired or lapse and was not revoked or surrendered. Any dental student with appropriate training in administering vaccines as determined by his or her school or training program and supervision by a currently practicing healthcare professional experienced in administering intramuscular injections, subject to certain requirements.

Registration for COVID-19 Vaccination Administration

Dentists and dental students must enroll in the Texas Department of State health services (DSHS) Immunization Program to be eligible to administer COVID-19 vaccines in Texas. The enrollment portal is now open. DSHS, our state’s public health department, is responsible for the vaccine distribution.

Register here:
https://enrolltexasiz.dshs.texas.gov/

Learn more about becoming a COVID-19 vaccine provider here:
https://www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/immunize/provider-information.aspx

Or refer to our website:
https://tsbde.texas.gov/administering-covid-19-vaccinations/

Prescribing Waiver

Effective January 1, 2021, Texas Health and Safety Code § 481.0755 requires that prescriptions for controlled substances be issued electronically, except in limited circumstances, or unless a waiver has been granted by the appropriate agency. A dentist may apply for a waiver from the electronic prescribing requirement by submitting a waiver request to the TSBDE and providing required information.

Please visit https://tsbde.texas.gov/e-prescribing-waiver/ for additional information.

The waiver form is available here: Electronic Prescribing Waiver Form

Once approved, waivers will be issued for a period of one year and verification of an approved waiver will be displayed on the TSBDE website. Dentists may apply for a subsequent waiver no more than 30 days before an active waiver expires. Once your application has been approved, you will find your name listed on the Approved Electronic Prescribing Waivers link. https://tsbde.texas.gov/e-prescribing-waiver/  [Google doc]

Please contact waivers@tsbde.texas.gov, if you have any questions or need assistance.

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The newsletter is here.

April-2021-Newsletter

 

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