ADEA Joins Other Higher Education Organizations in Opposing State Restrictions on COVID-19 Public Health Measures

Aug. 16, 2021—The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) is among more than two dozen higher education organizations that have signed onto a joint statement decrying assorted state measures to bar COVID-19 vaccination requirements, surveillance testing and/or mitigation strategies such as masking.

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Organized by the American College Health Association, the joint statement “urges all government officials, who are charged with the responsibility of protecting the public health, to empower colleges and universities to use every available public health tool to protect campuses and neighboring communities from a COVID-19 surge this fall.”

In total, 29 organizations signed the joint statement, which comes at a time when the delta variant is driving up reported cases of COVID-19—overwhelmingly among those who are unvaccinated. Yet, some states are taking actions that either block or restrict the use of evidence-based strategies aimed at preventing and responding to COVID-19 outbreaks on campuses and in surrounding communities.

“State actions that prevent the use of established and effective public health tools at the same time as COVID-19 cases increase is a recipe for disaster,” reads the joint statement.

Last month, ADEA issued a separate statement urging its member institutions and programs to encourage COVID-19 vaccinations.

“ADEA is concerned about the well-being of its members who are providing oral health care every day and implores its members to advocate for COVID-19 vaccination requirements at their institution of learning,” reads the ADEA statement.

About ADEA: The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) is The Voice of Dental Education. Our mission is to lead and support the health professions community in preparing future-ready oral health professionals. Our members include all 79 accredited U.S. and Canadian dental schools, more than 800 allied and advanced dental education programs, more than 50 corporations and approximately 15,000 individuals. Our activities encompass a wide range of research, advocacy, faculty development, meetings and communications, including the esteemed Journal of Dental Education®, as well as the dental school application services ADEA AADSAS®, ADEA PASS®, ADEA DHCAS® and ADEA CAAPID®