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Letters: Vaccination policy

September 09, 2021

Dentists need the ADA to take a strong position in requiring vaccination for all dental personnel. As a practicing dentist in north Georgia, we have ignorant reluctance. Please help us by supporting your members. Our effort to squash this pandemic, our hospitals have taken the stand that everyone in a health care setting be vaccinated. I’m begging the ADA to have a backbone to stress a policy, not just a recommendation, as the hospitals, Google, airlines, most major corporations have recently done. Most of my dental colleagues feel exactly the same way.  Please give us the policy: We will enforce it. Do what’s right for the common good.

George D. Mason, D.D.S.
Lafayette, Georgia

Editor’s note: The ADA strongly encourages dental professionals to be vaccinated for COVID-19 and other infectious diseases. The ADA has a policy on Infection Control in the Practice of Dentistry, which includes implementation of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations for vaccination. While the ADA is not calling for a nationwide vaccination mandate, it is urging state and local dental societies to consider all the public health strategies available to them, based on the exposure risks in their area. Nationally, the ADA is following the CDC’s vaccination guidelines, which does not recommend mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for health care workers at this time. For more information, visit