In a surprise move reflecting public comment on the proposed rule that was promulgated in August, the Maine CDC has REVERSED its position on the COVID-19 vaccination mandate for dental offices and EMS workers. The final rule was just posted moments ago and takes effect IMMEDIATELY. Dental offices and EMS workers have been removed from the definition of a “Designated Healthcare Facility.”
I will be continuing to process the implications of this ruling and will be looking to how we can best help our dental clients. However, this is the news many in Maine’s dental community have been hoping for, and may be grounds for you to revisit your personnel decisions.
There’s more to come on this. For now, those of you who have been faced with a shutdown over the mandate, can hopefully breathe a minty sigh of relief.