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COVID-19: latest guidance for Northern Ireland

Last updated: 26 November, 2020

COVID-19 vaccine and priority for dental professionals

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has published interim advice on prioritisation for COVID-19 vaccination. This advice includes priority for the vaccination of all health and social care workers. Dental professionals have asked if they are included in the definition of “health and social care workers.”

On 24 November, Jo Churchill, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Prevention, Public Health and Primary Care), confirmed that “health and social care workers” does include “all dental practitioners.”

The JCVI’s interim advice is available on the gov.uk website.

On 20 October the COVID-19: infection prevention and control dental appendix was published, containing updated, UK-wide guidance for NHS, private and independent dental settings.

Health and Social Care Board

The latest information for dental professionals can be found on the Health and Social Care Board website.

The Office of Chief Dental Officer Northern Ireland

On 11 November the CDOs of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland released a joint letter to the UK dental profession outlining guidance and support available through the second COVID-19 wave.

On 21 October, the Acting Chief Dental Officer issued a letter announcing updates to the Northern Ireland Operational Guidance, been made in light of the release of a dental appendix to the main UK Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) guidance.