There are three categories discussed in the mandate.
- Health Care Facility
- Health Care Provider
- Health Care Worker
Health Care Facility is defined under RIGL 23-17-2(8) and includes hospitals, long-term care facilities, rehabilitation centers, etc. It specifically excludes private dental offices.
Individuals that provide care in a Health Care Facility are considered Health Care Workers. All Health Care Workers must be vaccinated, including all dental personnel, both licensed and unlicensed (this would include assistants).
Individuals providing care in a private dental office are considered Health Care Providers. All Rhode Island licensed Health Care Providers are required to be vaccinated. This includes dentists, licensed dental hygienists, and licensed surgical OMS assistants. Dental assistants are not licensed with the State of RI and therefore do not fall within the mandate.