In an effort to speed California’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout, dentists in the state have been given the green light to administer the jab. On Monday, the California Department of Consumer Affairs approved a public health emergency waiver that will officially allow dentists to administer the vaccines to patients 16 years of age or older. “Dentists acting within the scope of this Order may independently initiate and administer to persons 16 years of age or older any COVID-19 vaccines that are approved or authorized by the FDA, as specified, and may also initiate and administer epinephrine or diphenhydramine by injection for the treatment of a severe allergic reaction,” the order reads. Before they can begin administering the vaccines to patients, however, dentists must complete a training program from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), according to the order. UK CORONAVIRUS VARIANT MOST LIKELY TO SPREAD AMONG THIS AGE GROUP, STUDY SUGGESTSThere are an estimated 36,000 dentists in the state of California, according to the California Dental Association, which noted in a news release applauding the decision that dentists “are in a inquire position to administer vaccines because they receive extensive training in anatomy, pathology, pharmacology and autoimmune responses as part of their dental education.” The news

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