E-Alert – September 24th, 2021

The MDA stands together with all healthcare providers with special mention for those working on the front lines in the fight to save lives during this difficult time.

The MDA regulates dentistry and dental assisting in Manitoba in the public interest. As such, we fully support Manitoba Heath and current public health measures taken for combatting COVID-19 pandemic including, but not limited to mandatory indoor masking, physical distancing, and vaccines among others. 

Vaccination continues to be an effective preventative tool for all Manitobans in the fight on COVID-19, including against the alpha and delta variants of concern. The MDA strongly recommends vaccination against COVID-19 for all dentists and dental assistants. 
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For full details on dental treatment during the COVID-19 response refer to the most recent MDA Pathway and Interim IPC Guidance for Patient Care During the COVID-19 Response.

On August 24, 2021 The Manitoba Government posted a News Release announcing that by an upcoming Public Health Order, “The Manitoba government will require all provincial employees who work with vulnerable populations to be fully immunized for COVID-19 by Oct. 31, or undergo regular testing…”. For full press release:
 
The Provincial Public Health Order referred to in the press release has not yet been published. The MDA board awaits the details contained in the order from the Provincial government. A list of all current Public Health Orders can be found at:

On August 24, 2021 Shared Health, the administration and planning lead for Manitoba health, released a memo to their employees “…designated employees who work with vulnerable populations must by fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by October 31, 2021 and must provide proof of vaccination to their employer OR undergo frequent COVID-19 testing.” For full memo:

On September 21, 2021 The Canadian Dental Association published a public statement on vaccinations for oral health care professionals, “…calling on the immediate action of the provincial and territorial governments to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for health care workers, including oral health care professionals. Oral health care professionals include dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, dental therapists, and all other dental office workers such as office managers, reception staff, and those working in acute and long-term care settings.” For full details:

The Manitoba Human Rights Commission released a guideline specific to COVID-19 vaccination. For details:

We are communicating with other healthcare regulators in Manitoba and across Canada. We will be monitoring this file closely and will communicate any changes or requirements as they come available. 

Please accept my gratitude for continuing to provide a safe environment for your patients and team members. 

Dr. Chris Cottick
President and Chairman of the Board
Manitoba Dental Association