Dental professionals in Massachusetts now are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Governor Charlie Baker opened vaccination to all remaining Phase 1 groups in the state’s vaccine distribution plan, including dental professionals providing patient-facing care, on January 21.
“Dental professionals have played a pivotal role in keeping patients healthy and safe throughout this crisis. Despite our vigilance, dentists and our staff are vulnerable to this disease by the mere nature of what we do on a daily basis,” said MaryJane Hanlon, DMD, president of the Massachusetts Dental Association (MDS).
The MDS has provided an online map of locations providing vaccines to eligible individuals and encourages its members to schedule their appointment as soon as possible. It also reminds its members that they may need to demonstrate their eligibility via documents outlined by the state.
The MDS further noted that the governor’s decision followed weeks of its leadership, and it is thankful for the patience and resilience that the state’s dental professionals have demonstrated. It additionally said that it is continuing to work with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and advocate on behalf of dental professionals.
“This partnership is the result of the very hard work and efforts of your MDS leaders and is a big step forward in ensuring that dental professionals have access to the COVID-19 vaccination as soon as possible. This will help accelerate the pace of vaccine administration to dental professionals and move us closer to putting an end to this pandemic,” said Hanlon.