The Just In Time 1 hour COVID-19 Immunization Training is now available!
PLEASE NOTE! We understand there is a LOT of information contained in this news story, but all should prove beneficial in answering any questions surrounding the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine or the online CE software that ISDS utilizes to offer this course.
This course allows Illinois dentists to administer the COVID-19 vaccine at vaccination sites under the coordination and supervision of a medical facility or local health department. This has become a reality after extensive efforts by ISDS in petitioning the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation to issue a revised proclamation altering the training requirements.
The course is being provided to all dentists free of charge to help aid in vaccination efforts throughout the State of Illinois. To access the course for FREE, please enter the discount code "volunteer" at checkout.
The course is housed on https://isds.ce21.com/ This is the same site that ISDS utilizes to offer its sexual harassment and safe opioid prescribing courses. If you have taken either of those courses, then you already have an account with CE21.
Liability Consideration and Information
Protections through Illinois’ Good Samaritan Act are afforded to dentists administering the COVID-19 vaccine through a public health facility.
(745 ILCS 49/20) from the Good Samaritan Act:
(b) A dentist who administers vaccinations as provided in Section 54.3 of the Illinois Dental Practice Act at a public health clinic operated pursuant to the Public Health District Act, without charge to the patient or the receipt of a fee or compensation from that clinic or for that service in any way, shall not be liable for civil damages as a result of his or her acts or omissions in providing vaccinations, except for willful or wanton misconduct.
Professional Liability Policies
Dentists wondering if an existing professional liability insurance policy might include coverage when administering the COVID-19 vaccine, it is always best to verify this information with the professional liability carrier and the terms and conditions of your individual policy. Each carrier and policy could potentially differ from person to person. Professional Liability policies from The Dentists Insurance Company (TDIC), ISDS’ endorsed insurance provider, follow the scope of practice by a dentist under the Illinois Dental Practice Act.This now includes dentists administering the COVID-19 vaccination following the proclamation issued by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. TDIC Professional Liability policyholders who perform COVID-19 vaccinations will be covered as long as the proclamation is in place and the policyholder has the training or certification required to administer the vaccine.
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions:
- The course takes approximately 1 hour total, consisting of 50 minutes of material with 10 quiz questions expected to take approximately 10 minutes.
- To expedite the availability of this course to members, the content is not offered in video format, but rather a slideshow. Each page of the material is set on a timer. You must remain on each page until the timer has counted down to zero before clicking the arrow to the next page. You can review previous slides by clicking the back arrow.There is no narration.
- After viewing the material, you will need to pass the 10-question quiz before being able to print your certificate. The quiz is accessed on your CE21 account homepage, under the button labeled certificate. One hour of continuing education credit is available for those taking this free course. Please bring this certificate with you when volunteering to show proof of completion.
Please Volunteer to Obtain Up To 4 Hours of Continuing Education Credit!*
We recommend you enroll in the Illinois Helps system, the state’s volunteer management system. This is a connecting database between volunteers and the hundreds of local health care organizations that can use assistance. This can be accessed at: https://www.illinoishelps.net/
We recommend you select local health departments and Medical Reserve Corps as either of these selections will allow you to meet local area volunteering needs.
To locate your local health department’s contact information to reach out directly, please visit: http://www.idph.state.il.us/IDPHPrograms/v_LHDDirectory/Show-V-LHDDirectory-Public.aspx
* From the Illinois Dental Practice Act, the section below allows dentists to obtain continuing education credit for volunteer hours. (225 ILCS 25/16.1) (from Ch. 111, par. 2316.1) The Department shall allow up to 4 hours of continuing education credit hours per license renewal period for volunteer hours spent providing clinical services at, or sponsored by, a nonprofit community clinic, local or state health department, or a charity event. Courses shall not be approved in such subjects as estate and financial planning, investments, or personal health. Approved courses may include, but shall not be limited to, courses that are offered or sponsored by approved colleges, universities, and hospitals and by recognized national, State, and local dental and dental hygiene organizations.
**There is a Volunteer Continuing Education Verification Form listed under the Handout Tab within the course.