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Information Update                                                               January 19, 2021

Dentists as Vaccinators for COVID 19

Message from the President                                                            

Thank you to the overwhelming number of members willing to contribute to the efforts to vaccinate Manitobans. It is yet another example of the commitment of Manitoba Dentists to the public interest and to preventive models of care.

Over the past few weeks, the MDA received hundreds of members names and, by their request, forwarded them all to Shared Health - it may have slightly overwhelmed the system. Please be patient as the mass vaccination of Manitobans is likely to take several months and take many forms fanning out across the province.

Some of you may already be administering as a part of the vaccination team while others may be delayed waiting for capacity to require more participants. Please be patient as the system is currently adapting.

Last week during her noon hour conference, Dr. Joss Reimer, Medical Lead of Manitoba's COVID-19 Vaccine Implementation Task Force, had the following statement,

“We have really been overwhelmed with applications from Manitobans who are eager to participate in this program.”

“I first just want to say thank-you so much to everyone who has applied for one of those positions. We really appreciate it and we will be continually hiring more individuals so we encourage people to continue to put forth applications as we go forward. That said, we already have a large enough number of people who have been hired that we could ramp up substantially with our vaccine rollout.”

As we await more information related to vaccine availability and rollout, please know that Public Health Authorities and the Provincial Government recognize and are grateful for our ongoing collaboration. Link to Jan 13 COVID-19 vaccination in MB Technical Briefing - CLICK HERE

On the subject of access to vaccines, we are continually advocating for dental teams to be included in early access to vaccination. Although we are anticipating some communications, authorities have shared little detail related to this subject.

Please let me thank you all again for your continued vigilance and your ongoing commitment to much needed access to care for all Manitobans.

Kindest Regards,

Marc Mollot, BSc, DMD
President and Chair of the Board
Manitoba Dental Association

Link to Jan 13 COVID-19 vaccination in MB Technical Briefing