Clinicians refusing the Coronavirus Vaccination
Taking up the offer of vaccination and the wearing of face masks are not mandatory but are considered good practice.
If a doctor has a concern about either being vaccinated or wearing appropriate PPE, then they should discuss their concerns with their Appraiser and agree a professional course of action which might range from continuing to shield to accepting a small additional risk due to their personal circumstances.
Assessing and mitigating risks is what we do all the time as GPs, and is a professional judgement for which there cannot be a single right answer.
The following links may be helpful:
- Information regarding Clinicians refusing the Coronavirus Vaccination - what needs to be considered when healthcare professionals decline the offer of a coronavirus vaccine?
- Reducing COVID-19 Transmission - information from the BMA on assessing and mitigating risks for doctors who are not having the vaccine, and for doctors unable to wear masks.