Your Recommendation Matters: COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Dental Offices

Your Recommendation Matters: COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Dental Offices

(1HR, recorded webinar)

Your patients trust your dental team to provide guidance on not only oral health, but the health of their whole bodies. This includes objective, fact-based information on the COVID-19 vaccine.

In this course, we discuss COVID-19 vaccination information and talking points for dental team members. Topics include current Washington state—and specifically Pierce County—vaccination rates, the science and safety behind vaccines, and the COVID-19 specific vaccine formulation and dosage schedules. Presenters will discuss FAQs and fact-based responses in how to talk to both patients and parents about the vaccine.

This course focuses on data and resources from Pierce County, but the skills and information are applicable to all in the oral health space. We encourage anyone interested in this topic to take the course.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the clinical and special considerations for COVID-19 vaccinations, particularly for children under 18 years old in Pierce County.
  • Identify two-to-three concrete messages to initiate COVID-19 vaccine conversations with patients and parents.
  • Identify two-to-three evidence-based responses to resistance to vaccination.

Dr. Jax Hermer, PhD
Dr. Hermer works at the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department in Communicable Disease. Although hired to help prevent HIV and STIs, they have been supporting the department’s COVID-19 response efforts since February 2020, leading the vaccine roll out, informing all public education efforts, and supporting health care partners equitably detect, prevent, and treat COVID-19.

Dr. Hermer holds a Doctorate in Nursing Practice in Population Health Nursing from the University of Washington. They have a background in community organizing for racial, environmental, and economic justice and has worked in public health since 2011, mostly supporting families navigating raising children and building strong attachments.

Dr. Theresa Madden, DDS, PhD
Dr. Madden, a periodontist, is retired from academics and private practice but active with various professional committees, including the National Dental Practice-based Research Network and Thurston County Opioid Response Network. She also volunteers as a COVID-19 vaccinator for Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Washington State Department of Health.

After practicing dental hygiene for several years, Dr. Madden earned her dental degree from the University of Maryland and completed GPR residency at the Harvard Teaching Hospitals. She obtained her perio certificate from Eastman Dental Center and received her Doctorate in Microbiology/Immunology from the University of Rochester.

Arcora Foundation is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. Arcora Foundation designates this activity for 1 continuing education credit.

If you have questions or would like more information about this course, please contact Karen Lewis at or 206-528-7344.

Original Release Date: June 2022

Expiration Date: June 2025

Expiration Date: November 2024