With demand for the COVID-19 vaccine high and much of the U.S. experiencing a confusing rollout, state dental associations are advocating for dental teams in their states to be prioritized to receive the vaccine.
“The American Dental Association has deployed a three-fold strategy to support dentists — as essential health care providers — and patients: helping dentists get the vaccine; helping dentists navigate the ability to administer the vaccine; and helping dentists encourage their patients and communities to get vaccinated,” said ADA President Daniel J. Klemmedson, D.D.S., M.D. “Because final authority on vaccine allocation rests with each state, we continue to work alongside state and local dental societies to advocate for dentistry before lawmakers and health departments. I understand the frustration that many dentists feel about their state’s vaccine rollout, and our tripartite is working hard to advocate on their behalf.”
In late December 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed dental teams should be included in the first phase of the vaccine rollout with other health care personnel. Most states include dentists and their teams in Phase 1a.