American Dental Education Association Statement on Faculty, Staff, Students, and Residents of Oral Health Professions Schools Receiving COVID-19 Vaccine


WASHINGTON–(COMMERCIAL THREAD)–The American Association for Dental Education (ADEA) urges its member institutions and programs to strongly advise and encourage their faculty, staff, students and residents to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. They exist as a unit of patient care / education and must consider the health and safety of those they employ, educate and serve.

ADEA cares about the well-being of its members who provide daily oral health care and implores its members to advocate for COVID-19 vaccination requirements at their educational institution.

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in their COVID Data Tracker Weekly Review As of July 23, 2021, it is estimated that the Delta variant now accounts for 82% of new cases in the United States, and the number of cases is increasing in areas with low vaccination rates. Overall, 90% of U.S. jurisdictions are seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases.

Nowhere is safety from disease and infection more critical than in the clinical environment for faculty, staff, students and patients. All available measures to prevent this from happening must be taken.

About ADEA: The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) is the voice of dental education. Our mission is to lead and support the health professional community in preparing oral health professionals ready for the future. Our members include 78 U.S. and Canadian dental schools, more than 800 Allied and advanced dental training programs, more than 50 companies and approximately 18,000 people. Our activities encompass a wide range of research, advocacy, faculty development, meetings and communications, including the Journal of Dental Education®, as well as the application services of dental schools ADEA AADSAS®, ADEA PASS®, ADEA DHCAS® and ADEA CAAPID®. For more information visit


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