The health and safety of our patients and staff is our top priority. Our practices have always provided the safest possible environment for employees, patients and our communities. In response to COVID-19 and to continue providing the safest setting, we are continuing to follow Center for Disease Control (CDC), state and federal guidelines, and have established several additional measures to reduce the risks posed by the virus and ensure health and safety for all.
Due to recent government mandates and the rapid spread and danger caused by the Delta variant, new company protocols and policies have been updated to reflect the heightened concern for safety. When possible, the organization has applied an approach that ensures freedom of choice.
Oregon and Washington
All practice employees must be fully vaccinated. The only exceptions to these state mandates are for those individuals who require accommodations due to a qualifying disability or medical condition, or a sincerely-held religious belief that would prevent them from receiving a vaccine.
Alabama, Texas, Kentucky and Massachusetts:
It is required that all practice staff are either fully vaccinated or submit to weekly COVID-19 screening testing. Employees will also have the option to apply for an exemption to have on file. While these new protocols are not a result of government mandates in these four states, we believe they are a pragmatic solution - one that still preserves choice but also represents the best way to ensure the health and safety of both our staff and the patients that we serve.
We are continuously monitoring this situation and provide our staff with regular updates. Together, we can act responsibly and put people first by taking appropriate precautions to maintain a healthy work environment and continue delivering on our mission to improve the oral health of all. To do this, our leadership team is committed to: