Guideline on the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine

The administration of the COVID-19 vaccine is considered to be medical treatment under the Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016 (MTPDA).

In summary:

  • If a person has decision-making capacity, they can consent to or refuse the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • If they don’t have capacity, and there is no advance care directive, their medical treatment decision maker can consent to or refuse the vaccine.
  • If there is no medical treatment decision maker, a health practitioner, such as the person’s GP, needs to decide if the vaccine administration is ‘significant’ or ‘routine’ treatment.
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Topics:
Emergency management, Health, Mental Health, Medical

Author:
Office of the Public Advocate

Date published:
Mon 22nd Feb, 2021