Safety, Immunogenicity, and Efficacy of the BNT162b2 Covid-19 Vaccine in Adolescents. The return of adolescents to normal social development activities and school is a top priority, and their contribution to the immune pool is key to community prevention of COVID-19-related morbidity and mortality. This study undertaken by Frenck et al. investigated the BNT162b2 COVID-19 Vaccine to understand the safety and efficacy of the preventive measure among adolescents, ages 12-15. The authors report that the vaccine is not only safe for this age group, it also elicits a strong immune response and offers a high degree of protection for adolescents compared to young adults, ages 16-25. The results add to the encouraging safety profile of the BNT162b2 COVID-19 Vaccine. Click here to read Safety, Immunogenicity, and Efficacy of the BNT162b2 Covid-19 Vaccine in Adolescents.
Communicating About COVID-19 Vaccine Safety and Risk. This resource from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is equipped with messages for staff that may need more information on the COVID-19 Vaccine and answers to common concerns that lead to vaccine hesitancy. "Remember: If a person has concerns or questions, this doesn’t necessarily mean they won’t accept a COVID-19 vaccine. Sometimes people simply want your answers to their questions." Click here to read more.
Empowering Healthcare Personnel. Out of the National Forum on COVID-19 Vaccine, comes this tip sheet to help you empower staff - and their patients - in their decision making about vaccination during the pandemic. Dentists and practice managers may find this technique that puts knowledge and dialogue in the center of the issue may help encourage wider vaccine approval among staff and patient community. Visit the tip sheet, here.
Building COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence Among Healthcare Personnel. Feel encouraged that your staff are getting vaccinated and know that for those who have not yet, the needle can still move from hesitant or "wait and see" to confident and ready with some encouragement. Learn how this can happen within your own clinical practice facility with How to Build Healthcare Personnel’s Confidence in COVID-19 Vaccines. Offering six crucial strategies to build healthcare personnel vaccine confidence, this tip sheet explains why some of your staff haven't been ready yet, and what they need to move toward confidence. To access the COVID-19 Vaccine Communication and Confidence Checklist, click here. For the COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence Conversation Starter, click here.
COVID-19 Vaccination Communication Toolkit for Healthcare Providers. Designed for clinical practice managers, this toolkit from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) targets providers and clinical staff, offering messages and strategies to help improve confidence and uptake of the COVID-19 vaccine. Materials include communication tips, a confidence readiness checklist, a quick reference of myths and facts, social media messages and graphics and more. Click here to view.
ADA FAQ on New CDC Masking Guidance for Fully Vaccinated People. CDC COVID-19 PPE and Screening FAQ is a new document from the American Dental Association created to help answer questions that may arise about the new CDC masking recommendations for vaccinated individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic. The FAQ touches on critical topics for maintaining a safe environment for patients and staff as they begin to get vaccinated. Find answers to questions like “Do patients still need to wear a mask when visiting a dental office?”, “May dental healthcare personnel (DHCP) stop wearing masks in the break room?”, “Should we continue to screen patients and DHCP?”, and more in CDC COVID-19 PPE and Screening FAQ. Click here to read. (May 20, 2021)
Vaccine Provider Requirements and Support. Providers who have signed up to administer the COVID-19 vaccine will find key information on program requirements, reporting and documentation, and other guidance resources in this vaccine hub for providers who are enrolled in the CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Program. Click here to read more.
Interim Estimates of Vaccine Effectiveness of BNT162b2 and mRNA-1273 COVID-19 Vaccines, CDC. This recently released report out of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention presents new data on the effectiveness of the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines among essential and front-line workers in the real-world setting. Key findings of the study include that complete vaccination results in 90% effectiveness in preventing infection and 80% effectiveness after the first dose only. Offering significant protection from SARS-CoV-2, the authors of the study recommend that all eligible people be vaccinated. Click here to read more. (April 8, 2021)
Register to Administer the COVID-19 Vaccine. Learn about the process to become a COVID-19 vaccinator on this web page from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). With more vaccines being distributed, HHS is making a call to action to health care professionals, including licensed dentists, to help expedite their administration to patients.
Interested in joining the COVID-19 vaccine workforce? Click here and learn more about your next steps. This website offers links to get started and other resources for interested or curious parties:
- Immunity from Liability
- Fact Sheet
- Digital Toolkit
What to Expect after Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine. Vaccine roll-out is progressing in communities across the U.S. Prepare for your vaccine appointment and learn what precautions apply to you once you've received your COVID-19 vaccine with this user-friendly webpage from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Click here to visit the webpage.
New ADA Fact Sheet: COVID-19 Vaccines in the Dental Workplace: FAQs for Practice Owners. As COVID-19 vaccines become available, you may be looking for answers about how to approach staff vaccination requirements and accommodations. The ADA has created a brief but information-filled fact sheet to help guide practice owners on the legal and practical considerations that come up when developing staff vaccination processes. Topics include how to manage religious exemptions, disability circumstances and more. Click here to read the ADA’s new COVID-19 Vaccines in the Dental Workplace: FAQs for Practice Owners.
New COVID-19 Variants. The evolving characteristics of the virus that causes COVID-19 are being carefully surveilled and scientists have recognized a number new variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the global community. See this new webpage from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to learn more about what this means for public health and where the variant numbers are climbing.
One Year Later, How Does COVID-19 Affect Children? Drawing on data and experiences from the year-long COVID-19 pandemic, the authors of this JAMA Pediatrics’ article discuss what we know about children who contract SARS-CoV-2 and what works best to protect them. Click here to read more.
National Trends in the US Public’s Likelihood of Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine-April 1 to December 8, 2020. For months, the world has awaited the development of a vaccine to begin the rebound from health and economic adversity stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. Now that the vaccine has arrived, what is the outlook for vaccine uptake in the U.S.? New research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association looks at how attitudes have changed over the course of the pandemic and the current public acceptance toward the vaccine. To access the article, click here.
Vaccine Guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Learn about COVID-19 vaccines with these selected resources for health care professionals. These resources cover topics related to clinical considerations, recommendations for staff, and talking to your patients about the COVID-19 vaccine.
- Clinical Care Considerations for COVID-19 Vaccination
- Post Vaccine Considerations for Healthcare Personnel
- Vaccine Recipient Education
- Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccination
- Key Things to Know About COVID-19 Vaccines
States Plan for Vaccinating their Populations against COVID-19. An interactive map published by the National Academy for State Health Policy shows how states are prioritizing groups for vaccine distribution. Click here to view.
Vaccine Distribution in U.S. Begins December 14, 2020. News organizations are reporting that the recently emergency use authorized Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine will begin distribution as early as Monday, December 14, 2020. It is predicted that 20 million people will be vaccinated by the end of the year. Click here, here and here to read the stories.
List of State Health Departments. This site from the CDC offers a quick reference and link to your local state health department for keeping up with regional COVID-19 activity.
List of City, County and Combined Health Districts. This directory from the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) offers a quick reference and link to your local city, county or combined health district. This can be accessed here.
COVID-19 Impacts on the Dental Care System from the Oral Health Workforce Research Center. Dental providers, educators and regulators are rapidly adjusting to the COVID-19 crisis with almost no roadmap, working in their respective areas of expertise with little information on concurrent changes in interrelated systems. This site is dedicated to sharing information on immediate impacts to the dental care system in the following four domains: Care Delivery, Financing, Regulation, and Education. View the website here.
Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. This page provides maps and other information on both global and US COVID-19 statistics, trends, and other resources. It is updated in real time throughout each day. View the resources here.
New Information Tool from NIH. LitCovid is project of the National Institutes of Health, Library of Medicine that catalogs PubMed scientific articles on SARS-CoV-2. Presented in categories such as Mechanism, Transmission, Diagnosis, Case Report and more, this information hub is a readily navigable and useful tool for those interested in expanding their knowledge on the 2019 novel Coronavirus. Click here to access.
CDC information on case counts in the U.S. and by state can be found here.
News releases and collection of research resources from the National Institutes of Health can be found here.
International status updates from the World Health Organization can be found here.