Dentists hope to make dent in vaccinating North Carolinians

March 2, 2021 CBS 17

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — With around 15,000 patients at his four locations, Dr. Brett Wells and his team of dentists could help make a dent in the vast amount of people in North Carolina waiting to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

“We’ve still got a lot of injections to give, many many millions of shots to get in, and I think the quicker we get shots in arms, the quicker we can get back to, I hesitate to say, life as normal, but life as close to normal as we’re going to get,” Wells said.

There are around 5,000 dental providers in the state. Gov. Roy Cooper issued an executive order in February clearing the way for dentists to be able to administer COVID-19 vaccinations.

“We are waiting for the board to release their training criteria for licensees to be able to participate,” said Dr. Zachary Brian with the North Carolina Oral Health Collaborative. He said they may receive that guidance this week.

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