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E-Alert - Dentists as Vaccinators for COVID-19

December 15th, 2020

Earlier this month, The Minister signed an order under the Regulated Health Professions Act related to COVID-19 vaccine administration. The Government, by this order, has asked our profession to help in the efforts to administer this vaccine to Manitobans starting this month and running indefinitely. Dentists, dental students and former member dentists are included as qualified oral health care providers recognized in the effort. It is my pleasure to see us included in the greater healthcare conversation and to be involved in helping fellow Manitobans during this time of need. We will all have to do our part to mobilize our community to respond to this call.

The Order states that positions are available to:
MDA members

  • Former MDA Members

  • Dental Students - enrolled in the Faculty of Dentistry at the U of M in the 2nd year or higher level and has completed the injection portion of the program

Paid Positions Available:

  • Immunization team members - Vaccine Administration

  • Immunization Clinical Leaders

  • Post Immunization Observation team members

All interested candidates will be required to complete the vaccine administration program (paid time) offered by Red River Community College. The new micro-credential will help ensure they can properly administer the COVID-19 vaccine and help immunize Manitobans. This 1-day course, offered at no cost, includes a ½ day online portion as well as a ½ day in-person lab. Course participants will learn about the virus, become familiar with safe COVID-19 vaccine procedures, learn about immunization and related anatomy, and understand best practices when vaccinating clients. In addition to the online learning component, the lab will allow people to practice and demonstrate their competency in the skills needed to deliver the vaccine safely. 8 MDA CE Hours will be provided. A 45-minute PHIA education course will be required prior to deployment.

The vaccination campaign is expected to last for months, expanding throughout the province. In the short term there will only be one or two central sites in Winnipeg providing immunization for the province. The immunization efforts may expand later in the new year to include several sites in different locations in the province.

Participants are asked to not significantly reduce their contribution to their regular dental practise and patients. It continues to be important that Manitobans continue to have access to dental care. Shifts in the vaccination clinics will vary - 4hr, 8hr, and 12hr length, depending upon your level of availability. Vaccination clinics will be open 7 days per week. Shifts will be assigned through an online portal. These positions are paid positions and remuneration is being determined by Shared Health.

The formal online application process typically required for employment with Shared Health has been waived. Should you be interested in being trained for one of the positions, please immediately forward the following information to the MDA at ce@manitobadentist.ca and they will provide an expedited process for Shared Health application:

  • Full Name and Address

  • Phone Number and Preferred Email address

  • 4-digit Licence Number

  • Date of Birth

  • Position Applied For

  • Shift Availability (day/eve/wknd)

  • Shift Length (4/8/12hr)

Finally, our recent discussions with the minister also focused on reinforcing with him the importance that, as essential health care providers, dentists and their teams have access to early vaccination. Our CDA President, Dr. Jim Armstrong, has also raised the issue with the Federal and Provincial Ministers of Health. We continue to be strong in this file. All that said, please don’t let news of a pending vaccine cause you all to let your collective guard down – community levels of COVID-19 are a concern and it may be many months before we see enough vaccine to reach the majority of Canadians from coast to coast to coast.

Stay well,

Marc Mollot, BSc, DMD
President and Chair of the Board
Manitoba Dental Association