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This article brought to courtesy of Dr. Alan Neal, DMD, FAGD, of Dental Care of Canby, Canby Herald Insider Family Dentistry Expert.

Dr. Alan Neal, DMD, FAGD

That is good news for the 2020 holiday season. This month Oregon is to receive 147,000 first doses of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines and 120,000 of the second doses near the end of the month. The first doses will go to front line health care workers and support staff, emergency medical service providers and residents and workers in long term and communal care settings.

The state is in the process working on how to get the vaccine distributed. The first shipments will be sent to hospitals to administer to medical and support staff. But further down the road the vaccine may be administered by pharmacies and possible dentists. Oregon has been training and certifying dentists to administer vaccines since legislation passed in May 2019.

Oregon is the first state to allow dentists to administer vaccines. Dentists are used to giving shots. Many people see their dentists more often than their doctor. Using dentists will help Oregon get the vaccine to as many people as possible.

One problem is that one of the vaccines requires extremely cold temperatures and would be difficult to store. There are other vaccines for COVID-19 in the works for 2021 that don't require refrigeration and would lend themselves to administration in dental offices.

After a difficult 2020, Dr. Neal and his staff at Dental Care of Canby are happy to share some good news with you. If you have any questions or need dental care give the office a call.

Dental Care of Canby

333 NW 3rd Avenue

Canby, OR 97013

503-266-2705

www.DentalCareofCanby.com

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