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Letters: COVID-19 vaccine

October 11, 2021

Just finished the Sept. 13 issue of the ADA News and the letters by Robert G. Csillag, D.M.D., and George D. Mason, D.D.S., about vaccinations. I also think dentists should have the COVID-19 vaccine. However, I respect those dentists who have thoughtfully declined the vaccine. Rather than legislating mandatory vaccination for dentists, I would rather see legislation requiring posting vaccination status in a conspicuous place in the dental office. Let’s not hide behind the right to privacy. Let’s be proud of our vaccination status. Let’s let consumers decide which office they wish to patronize.

Clifford O. Marks, D.D.S.
Campbell, California
 

Editor’s note: The ADA has resources for dental professionals about COVID-19 vaccines, including “COVID-19 Vaccines in the Dental Workplace: FAQs,” available on ADA.org.  There have been other guidance materials made available by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights, including “HIPAA, COVID-19 Vaccination, and the Workplace.”  Considerations to application of state and federal law, including rules from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, should be included.