New COVID vaccination flyers and infographics for dental offices made possible through state grant

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%. 

New vaccination materials for use in dental office 

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: 

  • Prevention infographic: Patient-facing infographic promotes brushing, flossing, routine teeth cleanings and COVID-19 vaccination. 
  • Prevention infographic: Version 2 of this patient-facing infographic also promotes prevention and recommends patients talk to their dental team about scheduling a vaccination. 
  • Vaccine hesitancy flyer: Interactive one-pager for dentists discusses vaccine hesitancy, including its prevalence in unique populations, and how dentists can use motivational interviewing with patients to assess their comfort level with vaccination. 
  • Vaccination discussion flyer: Provides tips for talking about COVID-19 vaccination with patients and includes recommended answers to patients’ common questions about the COVID-19 vaccines. 
  • Vaccination flyer for patients: Discusses the importance of COVID-19 vaccination as part of a patient’s total health, answers parents’ and kids’ common questions about the vaccines and directs patients to to schedule a vaccination appointment. 
  • Vaccination scheduling messaging: Dentists can use this sample message to inform patients via email or other method that their dental practice offers COVID-19 vaccination and booster shots. 

Find the new downloadable resources in CDA’s Vaccine Confidence Toolkit. 


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