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COVID-19: Important OPR Policies & Service Impacts


This page contains up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 and OPR’s response to the declared State of Emergency. Where applicable, profession specific information can be found on your profession page. The Office is closed to the public at this time; however, all staff are working remotely, and all essential functions can be completed online.

 

Am I still able to reach OPR with questions regarding my license, such as requesting verifications and applying for a new license?

Yes! All of OPR’s licensing functions are available in our online services platform. If you need assistance, please contact the office by email sos.renewalclerk@vermont.gov.

The office is closed to the public. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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I am a healthcare professional, are there specific guidelines I should be following?

Yes, on May 15, 2020, the Vermont Department of Health issued guidance for healthcare professionals performing outpatient services.

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I am an out-of-state licensee in a healthcare profession, what do I need to do to start working in a Vermont facility or to provide telehealth?

The legislature passed emergency legislation that was signed by Governor Scott on March 30, 2020 that allows individuals who hold an out-of-state license to practice in Vermont without a Vermont license.

If you are providing only telehealth to people in Vermont you do not need a license and you do not have to provide your contact information to the Office of Professional Regulation.

If you are providing services to Vermonters in a licensed facility you do need to provide your contact information to the Office of Professional Regulation. Click here to provide required information.

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I am a retired Vermont licensee in a healthcare profession, what do I need to do to start working in a Vermont facility or to provide telehealth?

The legislature passed emergency legislation that was signed by Governor Scott on March 30, 2020 that allows retired Vermonters and those with expired licenses to return to the workforce to help in a state of emergency.

If your license expired within the last three years you do not have to apply for a temporary license. You do have to submit your contact information. Click here to provide required information.

If your license has been expired between 3 and 10 years you need to apply for a temporary license. You may do so using our online services platform.

Click here for a visual guide to these requirements.

Click here for application instructions

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I am healthcare professional or a non-healthcare professional, and I would like register to help Vermonters during the COVID-19 crisis, where should I go?

Thank you for helping Vermonters during this difficult time. The State of Vermont is looking for healthcare professionals and other volunteers to register with the Medical Reserve Core. Please list all relevant work or volunteer experience.

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I am a graduate of an approved professional program, but I am unable to take the required exam due to COVID-19, what should I do?

The Office of Professional Regulation is tracking the COVID-19 Impact on Exams. If you cannot take an exam because of COVID but you have graduated from an approved program please apply for a temporary license.

Click here for a visual guide to these requirements.

Click here for application instructions

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I am a healthcare professional, what resources are available?

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I would like to provide telehealth, what should I do?

As a result of COVID-19, we understand that many of our licensees are using telehealth to practice. Please review OPR’s Telehealth and COVID-19 Guidance.

On March 30, 2020, Governor Scott signed emergency legislation that allows individuals who are are licensed in another state to provide telehealth to Vermonters without a license.

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I am a prescribing healthcare professional, what resources are available?

The DEA has issued guidance for controlled substance prescribing across state lines.

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I’m a pharmacist or pharmacy technician, what resources are available?

The Vermont Board of Pharmacy has adopted the following COVID-19 Emergency Guidance for Pharmacists. The APA has published American Pharmacist’s Association Pharmacists’ Guide to Coronavirus Information and Resources on COVID-19 for Pharmacists and the Communities They Serve

The CDC has recently published Considerations for Pharmacies during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The FDA recently issued a Temporary Policy for Non-Standard PPE Practices for Sterile Compounding.

The DEA has issued the following policies related to controlled substances:

More information can be found on the DEA COVID-19 website.

ASHP has compiled a useful resource page for pharmacists.

The Vermont Department of Health has issued the following resources:

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I am a pharmacist evaluating a prescription order for hydroxychloroquine that seems inappropriate for an outpatient. What should I do?

Please review the Emergency Regulatory Order, dated April 10, 2020, and related Emergency Guidance, which address enhanced drug utilization review.

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I am: an out-of-state pharmacy, manufacturer, wholesale distributor or 503B outsourcer. What should I know about licensing?

Please contact the Pharmacy Board for more information.

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My CPR certification is expiring soon, what should I know?

OPR has issued Emergency Guidance: CPR Certification and Recertification. Also, please be advised that the American Red Cross just extended their CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Emergency card’s expiry by 120 days.

Please contact our office if you have questions.

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I am a mental health professional, what resources are available?

The Office of Professional Regulation has adopted the following Emergency Guidance documents: COVID-19 Guidance for Mental Health Professionals: Essential Services, Telehealth, Exam and Education and Continuity of Mental Health Education and Supervision.

It may also be helpful to review OPR’s guidance on telehealth.

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I’m a dentist, what services am I able to provide?

On March 23, 2020, the Commissioner of Health issued a Health Alert for Dental Health Care.

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I am a dentist, and I have been offered free continuing education while non-urgent procedures are suspended. Can I accept it?

Dr. Ruhl, in coordination with the Office of Professional Regulation, has published this guidance on continuing education.

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I am a Veterinarian, should I be changing my practice due to the COVID-19 State of Emergency?

The Office of Professional regulation recently issued Emergency Veterinary Guidance to assist Veterinarians who may need to provide clinical care during the COVID-19 State of Emergency.

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I’m a notary public, does Vermont allow for remote notarizations?

Yes. The Office of Professional Regulation has adopted an Emergency Administrative Rules for Notaries Public and Remote Notarization. Please read the rule thoroughly. For additional guidance, please read OPR's Guidance on Emergency Administrative Rules for Notaries Public and Remote Notarization.

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I am a Vermont real estate broker, salesperson, real estate appraiser, appraisal management company or property inspector, how should I modify my practice in light of the COVID-19 State of Emergency?

The Real Estate Sector has been greatly impacted by COVID-19 and the Governor's Stay at Home Order. As a result of many frequent questions, OPR has issued Emergency Guidance for the Real Estate Sector. Thank you in advance for your help protecting Vermonters.

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Is my business or service considered an essential business? Should I remain open?

In light of Governor Scott’s Stay at Home Order, many businesses and service providers are questioning if they are qualified as an essential business.

For questions regarding the potential closure to the public of:

Please do all you can to work remotely and be well.

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What can I do if my exam/continuing education has been affected by COVID-19 (as a licensee or course provider)?

The Office of Professional Regulation understands that COVID-19 has dramatically impacted exam providers and continuing education. OPR has adopted an emergency policy on Continuing Education and Impacts of COVID-19 for individuals. OPR has also adopted an Emergency Policy Related to Continuing Education Providers.

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Will my profession’s board still be holding its public meeting?

At this time, the Office strongly encourages online participation in all public meetings. Remote information is provided on meeting agendas found within your profession page. We are working with boards to cancel meetings that are non-essential. Check our calendar for canceled and scheduled meetings.

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I have concerns about a member of a regulated profession providing services during the declared State of Emergency, or more general concerns related to COVID-19. What should I do?

You should file a complaint through the Office of Professional Regulation’s online complaint system.

Please include as much information as possible, including full names, dates and contact information. For information on what will happen after you file a complaint, please refer to the following reference document: What happens after a disciplinary complaint is filed?

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Do you have general information about COVID-19?

Learn more about service impacts and closures for other divisions of the Secretary of State’s office

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