An order from the Commissioner of the Department of Public Health authorizes dentists and dental hygienists (provided they have training to administer anesthesia) to administer COVID-19 vaccinations at health care facilities, such as hospitals and community health clinics, after completing training approved by the Department of Public Health (DPH).
The approved training consists of two parts. Part 1 is an online training program through either DPH Train.org or the UCONN School of Pharmacy. Part 2 consists of a hands-on training or skills verification training either at the UCONN School of Pharmacy or through an approved skills evaluator. Please note that the list of approved skills evaluators is currently being developed and has not been uploaded yet. Members are encouraged to check the DPH’s vaccine training website periodically for updates.
You can find further information regarding the training at, https://portal.ct.gov/DPH/Practitioner-Licensing--Investigations/PLIS/Approved-COVID-19-Vaccination-Training-Programs.
Part 1: Approved Online Training Programs
Department of Public Health Train.org
UCONN School of Pharmacy Course
Training - Professions Authorized to Administer COVID-19 Vaccine – State of CT – 35 Minute Presentation
a. Click on “Catalog” link
b. Click “Register” button on the course
c. Click “Proceed to Check out”
d. Fill out the registration page and click “Register
Part 2: Hands-on Training or Skills Verification
UCONN School of Pharmacy faculty – must upload your online training certificate to the UCONN School of Pharmacy page and email firstname.lastname@example.org for available dates and times.
List of currently approved skills evaluators. (NOTE: This list of approved skills evaluators is currently being developed and has not been uploaded yet. Members are encouraged to check the DPH’s vaccine training website periodically for updates.)
Skills evaluation may be completed by one of the following professionals once they have completed a train-the-trainer orientation:
- Physician assistant
- Advanced practice registered nurse
- Registered nurse
- Licensed practical nurse
- EMS instructor (who has experience in the Epinephrine by IM Injection Program)
A list of healthcare professionals who have completed the training to administer vaccinations will be posted to the DPH’s Approved COVID-19 Vaccination Training Programs webpage.
Ready to volunteer?
If you are interested in volunteering to provide COVID vaccinations, remember to register with CTResponds at ctresponds.ct.gov
. Once you have completed Parts 1 and 2 of your training, you will be able to upload your certificates to the CTResponds system. You will be contacted by your local health department, health facility, or other entities providing vaccines when your assistance is needed.