CDC Director Signs ACIP Recommendations
CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield supports the recommendations from The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and has signed the memo and accepted these interim recommendations.
As we know, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ACIP has prioritized healthcare workers to be among the first group to receive the vaccine. Dentists are healthcare personnel but we still do not know where they will be placed within the healthcare provider group. NYSDA is working with the NYSDOH and continues to believe dentists should be 1a priority.
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Currently, we are all seeking clarification about the COVID-19 mRNA vaccines that are likely to be approved shortly by the FDA for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) and anticipated to be ready for distribution.
It is important that you know when dentists can receive and administer the vaccine. As of December 4, we know that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) vaccine committee has prioritized healthcare workers to be among the first group to receive the vaccine. We do not know where dentists fall within the healthcare provider group.
Read the full update message from President, Dr. Craig S. Ratner.
Where do dentists and staff fit into the COVID-19 vaccine roll out?
The determination of the order of vaccination for dental providers will be driven by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). First priority will be given to healthcare personnel directly involved in caring for COVID-19 positive patients.
To date, dentistry falls into the second CDC priority category as an essential critical infrastructure service defined by CISA (an arm of Homeland Security). The ADA is advocating for dentists to be included in the first priority category when the final plan is released.
In NYS, dentists have been noted in the document, NYS COVID-19 Vaccination Program, in the priority group of essential workers (page 84). However, more guidance is needed as the plan relates to the final CDC notification. Once a vaccine is given EUA approval, the CDC will issue priority guidance for the administration of the vaccine. This document was created in October prior to the announcement of the development of successful vaccines by both Pfizer and Moderna. The ADA is advocating for dentists and staff to be part of Phase 1 - Essential Workers. NYSDA will keep abreast of the developments and share with our members as soon as it becomes available.
Should I be vaccinated for COVID-19?
The burning questions we all have.
When a vaccine is available, will it be safe? As a healthcare professional, should I get it? Will dentists be first on the list to receive the vaccine? Will healthcare professionals be required to get the vaccine? The list goes on and on. The ADA has compiled an informational sheet for dental professionals' consideration that will be updated as more becomes available.
Please note -- this document was created in October prior to the announcement of the development of successful vaccines by both Pfizer and Moderna.
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