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Doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are seen at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. The American Dental Association reports that 90 percent of dentists have been vaccinated. (Photo: U.S. Department of Defense/Lisa Ferdinando, via creativecommons.org)

ADA ‘strongly’ encouraging dental professionals to be vaccinated

By Dental Tribune USA
July 30, 2021

The American Dental Association is “strongly” encouraging dental professionals to be vaccinated for COVID-19 and other infectious diseases. The ADA is not calling for mandated vaccination.

In a July 28 email to member dentists, ADA President Daniel J. Klemmedson, DDS, MD, said that ADA policy recommends vaccination in accord with what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends, and the CDC doesn’t recommend mandated COVID-19 vaccination for health care professionals at this point in time.

“As we continue to hear about rising infection rates due to the Delta variant, I want to repeat to you what I noted in my December 2020 message: Dentists are essential health care providers whose leadership, counsel and example will go a long way in building vaccine confidence in our nation,” Klemmedson wrote. “Let’s do our part to move public health forward. If you haven’t already been vaccinated, please get vaccinated and encourage your team members and patients to do the same.”

ADA Health Policy Institute data reports that 90 percent of dentists have been vaccinated at this time. Pending any changes in the Center for Disease Control recommendations for health professionals, the ADA will share this news with members to ensure they are following the proper rules and regulations.

More information and resources can be found in this an ADA news story, available by clicking here.

(Source: ADA)

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