Dentistry: Coronavirus

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 21st January 2021.

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Photo of Judith Cummins Judith Cummins Labour, Bradford South

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether (a) NHS general dental practitioners, (b) private general dental practitioners, (c) community dentists and (d) other staff providing dental services will be given priority access to the BioNTech/Pfizer covid-19 vaccine.

Photo of Judith Cummins Judith Cummins Labour, Bradford South

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the timetable is for (a) NHS general dental practitioners, (b) private general dental practitioners, (c) community dentists and (d) other staff providing dental services to be vaccinated against covid-19.

Photo of Rupa Huq Rupa Huq Labour, Ealing Central and Acton

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether dental care staff will receive priority access to the covid-19 vaccine.

Photo of Nadhim Zahawi Nadhim Zahawi Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has advised that phase one of the COVID-19 vaccination programme should be targeted at reducing mortality, as well as protecting health and social care staff and systems. As a result, vaccines have first been prioritised amongst care home residents and staff, followed by people aged over 80 years old and health and social care workers, then to the rest of the population in order of age and clinical risk factors.

As set out by the JVCI, dental care staff fall under the second priority cohort during phase one, comprising of health and social care workers. The JCVI’s advice states that this not only includes those working for the NHS, but also those in independent, voluntary, non-standard and community healthcare settings.

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