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Priority vaccine access confirmed

NHS England have now confirmed that all dentists, teams and support staff – in both NHS and private settings – will receive priority access to the COVID vaccine.

In a message sent to all NHS Trusts and Foundation Trusts, chief executives have been instructed to “work with CCGs and local systems to offer COVID-19 vaccination to all healthcare workers working in primary care as well as independent practitioners and independent providers including general practice (including locum staff), community pharmacy, dentistry, optometry and hospices.”

This will be welcome news for all dentists and team members across England.

In terms of next steps:

  • High street NHS dentists and teams- sit tights and wait, you are on the list
  • Dentists working in trusts– your HR will have matters in hand.
  • Private practices – you will be covered, but you must ensure your CQC accounts are up to date. This data will be passed to the vaccination programme for follow up.

As with all primary care providers, the message is do not contact your GP. You will be on the list and will be contacted to receive your priority access to the vaccine.