The chief dental officer in England, Sara Hurley, has announced details of the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccination to dental teams. All dental teams will be entitled to the vaccine, including private and mixed practices. All team members who may have social contact with patients are entitled to the vaccine—this includes locum clinical staff employed by the practice and non-clinical ancillary staff (e.g., receptionists and cleaners).
Primary dental teams will be contacted by the NHS vaccination programme directly. If you are an individual working for an NHS trust, then they will organise your vaccine directly as your employer.
- If you work in NHS primary care dentistry
The NHS will contact you, you do not need to contact the NHS, such as a GP surgery. First, the NHS will contact the email address your practice is registered with the NHS on to understand the number of people eligible for the vaccine. Once they are aware of the demand, hospitals, and in some cases local vaccination centres, will then begin contacting individuals to come forward for the vaccine. This vaccine will in all likelihood be administered at the individual’s local hospital
- If you work in wholly private dentistry
The NHS vaccination programme will still contact private practices directly. However, they will be relying on the contact details of practices which the Care Quality Commission (CQC) hold. It is therefore essential that private practice owners ensure the contact details for their practice with the CQC are up to date, especially with an up-to-date email address. The NHS can then begin the process of vaccinating staff.
The CDO’s bulletin also provides information on how professionals can volunteer to support the vaccination programme and dosing schedules of the different vaccinations.