To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy that NHS (a) dentists and (b) other dental staff will have priority access to receive a covid-19 vaccination.
This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.
22 October 2020
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) are the independent experts who advise Government on which vaccine/s the United Kingdom should use and provide advice on prioritisation at a population level. The JCVI published interim advice on 25 September 2020 stating the vaccine should first be given to care home residents and staff, followed by people over 80 and health and social workers, then to the rest of the population in order of age and risk. The JCVI has prioritised healthcare workers and care workers, which would include dentists, in the initial recommendations. The final recommendations will be based on a detailed analysis of benefit-risk and may further refine these recommendations taking into account the different levels of exposure and other factors such as age and clinical risk.
We will consider the Committee’s advice carefully as we continue to plan for a vaccination campaign.