GDC urges vaccine uptake

DENTAL staff are being urged by the GDC to get the coronavirus vaccine if they have not already.

Dental professionals are at a greater risk of exposure to Covid-19 and have been among the first groups to be offered the vaccine.

The GDC points out that the potential for dental staff to inadvertently spread Covid-19 to vulnerable patients is a serious infection risk that needs ongoing mitigation. It states that professional judgment should be exercised to ensure infection risks are adequately controlled in practices, and dental staff should do their bit to encourage others to take up the vaccine.

All frontline dental workers in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland should have been offered a vaccine appointment as part of the health and social care worker priority group. Dental workers who have not been offered a vaccine can go online and book an appointment now and do not need to wait to be contacted by the NHS.

Dental workers living and working in Wales who have not yet been offered a vaccine should continue to wait to be contacted directly by their local health board.

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