Masking requirement continues in California health care settings.
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The most recent state data shows that during July 2022, unvaccinated individuals were 2.6 times more likely to get COVID-19, three times more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 and 3.6 times more likely to die from COVID-19 than people who were vaccinated with at least a primary series.
Meanwhile, reports of long COVID, which can affect people who had COVID-19, are surfacing more frequently. Scientists and medical professionals are still learning about the myriad ongoing complications long COVID can cause, including severe respiratory, cardiac and neurological problems. A recent study by Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy found that vaccination lowers the risk of getting long COVID by 15%.
As trusted health professionals, dentists are positioned daily to discuss COVID-19 vaccination with their staff, patients and the public, instill confidence about the COVID-19 vaccines and ultimately influence their patients’ decision-making about receiving the vaccine.
CDA published the Vaccine Confidence Toolkit in spring 2021 with more than a dozen resources to help dentists have confident discussions about vaccination with their patients. Many resources have been updated and added since the toolkit’s release.
Now, CDA announces six new vaccine-messaging resources for use in the dental office, made possible by a grant from the California Department of Public Health. They include:
Find the new downloadable resources in CDA’s Vaccine Confidence Toolkit.