Letters to the editor.

LETTER – British Columbia Dental Association responds to letter questioning vaccine mandates in dental offices

Dear editor,

The British Columbia Dental Association (BCDA) would like to respond to the letter to the editor dated Oct. 27, 2021, questioning the safety of dental offices. Please let us assure your readers that we understand people have fears and concerns around COVID-19.

LETTER – Are dental office staff exempt from vaccine mandates?

B.C.’s dentists and their teams are experts at infection control and have stringent COVID-19 protocols and procedures in place to keep everyone safe.

Dental clinics operate like mini-hospitals and follow strict infection prevention and control guidelines set by the College of Dental Surgeons of BC. This would include pre-screening and PPE as a standard practice for managing all patients – all the time to keep both the patient and the practitioner safe.

Vaccinations are an important part of preventing COVID-19, but they do not protect 100 per cent against transmission.

We acknowledge that dental offices are unable to disclose the vaccination status of their staff due to privacy laws, however, the infection and exposure prevention protocols in place significantly reduce the risk of transmission from practitioner to patient. To date, BCDA knows of no transmissions of COVID-19 between dental professionals and patients in B.C. or across Canada, a testament to the procedures and policies our members and their staff have in place.

As health care providers, the first priority of dental professionals has always been patient safety. We hope these measures address the concerns raised and provide patients with confidence in BC’s dental practices.

Regards,

The British Columbia Dental Association

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