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Dental practices can request vaccination status of patients, employees, says HHS

Oct. 28, 2021
Keep reading for highlights of the HHS's guidance, and a link to the full text.
Amelia Williamson DeStefano, Group Editorial Director

HIPAA does not prevent dental practices from asking about the vaccination status of either staff members or patients, says the United States Department of Health and Human Services in new guidance.

According the guidance, the HIPAA Privacy Rule applies to certain entities, such as health insurance companies, hospitals, and dental practices, and regulates how these entities use and disclose protected information.

The Privacy Rule, does, however, dictate how covered entities are allowed to use and disclose information gathered about individuals’ vaccination status.

You can read the detailed guidance on the HHS’s website, and view the ADA's coverage here.

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About the Author

Amelia Williamson DeStefano | Group Editorial Director

Amelia Williamson DeStefano, MA, is group editorial director of the Endeavor Business Media Dental Group, where she leads the publication of high-quality content that empowers oral-health professionals to advance patient well-being, succeed in business, and cultivate professional joy and fulfillment. She holds a master's in English Literature from the University of Tulsa and has worked in dental media since 2015.

Updated May 16, 2023