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When Coronavirus Vaccines are Ready, Dentists, Optometrists May Give Shots

December 1, 2020
by NBC News


With multiple Covid-19 vaccines rapidly heading toward approval, optometrists and dentists are pushing for the authority to immunize patients during routine eye exams and dental cleanings.

These medical professionals say their help will be needed to distribute the vaccines to millions of Americans — and they already have the know-how.

“When you look at what dentists do and how many injections they give day in and day out, I think they’re more than qualified,” said dentist Jim Wood, a California state Assembly member. “It’s kind of a no-brainer.”

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