The first of many freezer-packed coronavirus vaccine vials made their way to distribution sites across the United States on Sunday, December 13th, 2020. Federal officials say the first shipments of Pfizer’s vaccine will be staggered, arriving in 145 distribution centers Monday, with another 425 sites getting shipments Tuesday, and the remaining 66 on Wednesday.
In California, health care workers will be among the first to be vaccinated starting Monday December 14, 2020. California State health officials are prioritizing hospitals that have adequate storage capacity, serve high-risk populations and have the ability to vaccinate people quickly.
When are dentists and the dental team getting the corona vaccine?
Dental professionals in California will be included in the state’s first-phase distribution of COVID-19 vaccine shots. California will receive 327,000 doses of the coronavirus vaccine made by Pfizer in the first state shipment expected mid-December, according to the California Department of Public Health.
The plan is layered into three tiers categorized in ranking order, with namely hospital staff in tier 1, community clinic staff in tier 2 and dentistry in tier 3.
Tier 3 is reserved for health care providers who provide essential health care in less risky settings. Dental professionals have been placed in this category due to the safety measures that dentistry has implemented since the onset of the pandemic and because there have been no documented COVID-19 transmissions during the provision of dental care.
In the letter to the CDC, the ADA noted the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s recent recommendation that dentists and their teams be placed in Phase 1a of those who should be afforded early access to a coronavirus vaccine.
Dentistry is essential to managing chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, auto-immune conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and many other systemic conditions. These health conditions are scientifically proven to be influenced by oral health. At the same time they can exacerbate some oral health problems.
A recent study revealed that patients with poor oral health who were infected with COVID-19 got more severe symptoms of the coronavirus infection compared to patients who have good oral health.
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