Local dentist calls for profession to be moved up vaccine priority list and for changes to medical card scheme

A local dentist has called for people in the dentistry profession to be moved up the vaccine priority list.

Bernie Fee, of Fee Dental in Carrickmacross, says dentists are at a unique risk given that Covid-19 can be spread via droplets and in salvia.

She says it’s vital that dentist teams are kept safe by receiving the vaccine as soon as possible.

Bernie also called for an increase to the medical card fee to help under pressure private clinics.

Around 20% of private dentists have withdrawn from Dentist Treatment Services Scheme, which provides dental care to those with a medical card.

Bernie says this problem has been “on-going for the past ten years” and has “escalated out of control” due to Covid-19”: