The first phase of the COVID-19 vaccination program is rolling out across the country. As recommended by the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, phase 1a of the program prioritizes healthcare workers, including dental and orthodontic teams. Vaccine administration is being managed at the state level, creating some variation among states, but it is encouraging to see this important step underway!
How are dental providers being prioritized in the COVID-19 vaccination program?
The ADA provides a helpful state-by-state map where you can see how dental providers are being prioritized in the vaccine program. In the vast majority of states, dental providers, including orthodontists, are listed as part of phase 1a, while a few states have them in phase 1b, and others have yet to determine their priority level. States also vary on whether or not a dental provider can administer the vaccine to others at this time.
Will American Family Orthodontics providers receive the COVID-19 vaccination?
In accordance with state prioritization guidelines, many of our orthodontists and team members have already received their first COVID-19 vaccination. Not only will vaccinations keep our team members safe, but they will ensure that patients who come into our practices remain safe as well. We’ll continue to provide more information to our patients as we have it.
Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe?
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine explains that, while the vaccine was developed at a faster rate than many vaccines in the past, it does not mean that any safety measures were skipped during the process. Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines underwent appropriate clinical trials and were closely monitored for side effects. At this time, both vaccines are showing 95% effectiveness in preventing the spread of COVID-19.
Is it safe to visit the orthodontist if I’m not vaccinated?
As each of us awaits our turn to be vaccinated, you can rest assured that your orthodontist’s office is as safe as ever. We will continue to implement extra safety measures — as recommended by the American Dental Association, American Association of Orthodontists and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — in addition to the infection control procedures we have always followed. Our highest priority is the well-being of each person that walks through our doors. If you have any questions or concerns about our safety protocols, feel free to give us a call. We’d love to hear from you!