Resolution outlines clinicians’ skills, training to increase vaccination rates
The American Dental Association offered its support to dentists who are seeking to administer vaccines, including — when it becomes available — a safe and effective vaccine for COVID-19, according to a resolution passed by the ADA House of Delegates on Oct. 19.
Resolution 91H-2020 states that dentists have the requisite knowledge and skills to administer critical vaccines that prevent life- or health-threatening conditions and protect the life and health of patients and staff at the point of care.
“The pandemic has highlighted the potential benefits of an expanded role for dentists in preventive health care, including access to and the administration of vaccinations,” said Duc M. Ho, D.D.S, chair of the ADA Council on Dental Practice.
Similar to what occurred when pharmacists began administering flu vaccines, Dr. Ho added, expanding the scope of practice to include vaccine delivery in dental practices would almost certainly increase the number of people receiving vaccinations and elevate the overall health of the public commensurately.