Our response to the first results from the UK-REACH study and COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy

29 April, 2021

Responding to the publication of the first results from the UK-REACH study, which found COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in 23% of healthcare workers, General Dental Council Executive Director, Strategy, Stefan Czerniawski, said:

"We encourage all dental professionals to be vaccinated as an important step in protecting their patients, their communities - and of course - themselves. This research shows that most healthcare workers - including dental professionals - recognise that vaccines are safe and effective, but that a minority remain hesitant. It’s important to understand the reasons for that so that concerns can be addressed, and take-up encouraged.

“We have recently updated our vaccination guidance for dental professionals and employers which we encourage everyone working in dentistry to read. We will continue to seek opportunities to promote as wide a vaccination take-up as possible and to support the important work of the UK-REACH study.”