ADA IS PUSHING FOR DENTISTS AND STAFF TO GET EARLY ACCESS TO COVID VACCINE

Oct 29, 2020

ADA IS PUSHING FOR DENTISTS AND STAFF TO GET EARLY ACCESS TO COVID VACCINE

Vaccine:  The ADA is lobbying the federal health agencies for dentists and their staff to be allowed early access to a vaccine as essential workers. ADA Director, Dr. Kathy O’Loughlin stated recently, “We are therefore pleased that the National Academies, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health are looking ahead to ensure the most vulnerable at-risk groups — including dentists and other essential health care workers, high-risk Latino and Black communities, and the medically compromised elderly — are allowed early access to the vaccine.”  Dr. O’Loughlin noted that 15% of the American public did not feel comfortable visiting the dentist without a medical breakthrough, according to a poll. “Early access to a safe and effective SARS-CoV-2 vaccine will reassure this group of patients that it is safe to resume dental appointments and will furthermore reassure dental health care practitioners who have reservations about delivery of dental care,” she said. “It will [thus] reduce the risk that patients with a preventable or treatable oral disease will allow it to progress to an irreversible state.” ADA President Chad P. Gehani followed up her remarks with a letter to the National Academies, affirming that dentists should have early access to a vaccine.

What this means for you: Being considered a high-risk health worker or essential frontline worker would mean you are offered early access to the vaccine.  The vaccines typically take years of research and testing before they are approved. This unexpected pandemic has pressured drug companies to produce a vaccine quicker than ever.

User Effects: Many are still worrying about COVID-19 and are cautious about the places they visit and public interaction.  These cautious patients will be more comfortable with you and your team working in close proximity when they know that you had received a vaccination.  This will also be a good marketing tactic for dentists to assure patients that their practice has high sanitization and immunization standards.

How safe is the vaccine? According to the CDC, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) is responsible for regulating vaccines in the United States. The New York Times asserts that China and Russia have approved vaccines without waiting for Phase 3 trial results. This rushed process has serious risks. The U.S. currently has no vaccine deemed safe enough for mass distribution.

Coronavirus Vaccine Tracker: The New York Times has a Coronavirus Vaccine Tracker that is updated daily to provide the most up to date status on the vaccine. As of October 28th, 6 vaccines  are approved for early or limited use. Currently, 49 vaccines are in clinical trials on humans.

What are the stages:

CDC identified stages of the vaccine:

  1. Exploratory stage
  2. Pre-clinical stage
  3. Clinical development
  4. Regulatory review and approval
  5. Manufacturing
  6. Quality Control

Where to go from here: Stay up to date with us on the latest COVID information for your practice.

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